Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
March 2, 2024

Search: SILLY

Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
332Higgins (1923) SILLYFOOLFOOL: Right vertical "Y" palm leftward, moved in circles before the forehead from right to left. (Same hand thrown across forehead without circles indicates "Silly," "Absurd," "Trifling," "Simple").61hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=332&refid=higgins1923
209Long (1918) SILLYFOOLISH, SILLYFOOLISH, SILLY: Bring the "Y" hand up with the thumb toward the forehead and the little finger pointing out; in that position move it across back and forth from right to left and vice versa in front of the forehead several times. VI,113. Note: This sign, made by throwing the hand rather emphatically once across, is used indiscriminately in the sense of ABSURD, TRIFLING, and to indicate that something receives one's disapproval.34hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=209&refid=long1918
223Michaels (1923) SILLYFOOLFOOL: 1. With the thumb and little finger extended, pass the thumb before your forehead two or three times. Or once vigorously. 2. Look cross. 60hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=223&refid=michaels1923
420Michaels (1923) SILLYNONSENSENONSENSE: 1. See foolish. 95hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=420&refid=michaels1923
492Michaels (1923) SILLYRIDICULOUSRIDICULOUS: 1. See sign for foolish.107hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=492&refid=michaels1923
Tag ID Signer(Year) Reference Gloss   Context Segment URL
197Dougherty (1913) SILLYN/AMALE DANCE, gs:WHOOPEE DANCE SILLY(2h-alt).21hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=197
208Dougherty (1913) SILLYN/AAWHILE ONE~TWO(rf) WOMAN VISIT ENTER(-from-rt-to-ctr) gs:SHOCKED SEE THREE DOCTOR~FANCY+ NOW SILLY PLAY YELL(rf) gs:HEY AROUND.22hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=208
221Dougherty (1913) SILLYN/AAWHILE DOCTOR WAKE-UP STOP, SEE (glitch) TWO DOCTOR~FANCY+ PLAY SILLY(2h-alt).23hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=221