1 archaic: Helpless, Weak.
2a: Rustic, Plain b obsolete: Lowly in station; humble.
3a: Weak in intellect: Foolish b: exhibiting or indicative of a lack of common sense or sound judgment.
4: Being stunned or dazed.
[Origin: Middle English sely, silly happy, innocent, pitiable, feeble, from Old English sælig, from sǣl happiness; akin to Old High German sālig happy.]
“Don’t be sil—” began Jim; then he remembered just in time that the word “silly” had a very different meaning in the middle ages. It meant “innocent” or “blessed” — which was not what he meant at the moment.” – The Dragon at War, Gordon R. Dickson.
1a: a servant slave: bondman, serf. b: a person in moral or mental servitude.
2a: a state of servitude or submission. b: a state of complete absorption.
[Origin: Middle English thral, from Old English thræl, from Old Norse thræll.]
(Before 12th century).
“Unhand, dog!” he snapped, in his best baronial manner. “Do you think I fear thralldom by any witch-device?” – The Dragon at War, Gordon R. Dickson.
1: an action of rushing or bursting forth; especially: a sortie of troops from a defensive position to attack the enemy.
2a: a brief outbreak: outburst. b: a witty or imaginative saying: quip.
3: a venture or excursion usually off the beaten track: jaunt.
[Origin: Middle French saillie, from Old French, from saillir to rush forward, from Latin salire to leap; akin to Greek hallesthai to leap.]
“Ah, well, just a thought,” said Brian. “I’d been thinking – a quick sally to slash a few throats, then back through the gates and close them behind us.” – The Dragon at War, Gordon R. Dickson.