To find music, my friend and I were trying to think of a word that means both silly and scary. She says that she knows she's used it before but can't remember it. Any ideas?

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    on a side note, makes me wonder where the phrase "scared silly" comes from... – andi Feb 3 '14 at 20:29
  • Uh, Scooby-Dooby? – bib Feb 4 '14 at 3:06
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    @andi from being scared to the point where one was no longer in full control of ones senses, and hence silly. – Jon Hanna Feb 4 '14 at 3:06

1. Strange or unusual; freakish.
2. (slang) Frightening.

1. Markedly unusual or abnormal; strange
2. Relating to or being a freak
3. Capricious or whimsical. (i.e. - silly)


The closest word I can think of is grotesque which means comically (or repulsively) ugly.


The words "spooky" and "kooky" come to mind.

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    All together ooky? – Elliott Frisch Feb 3 '14 at 18:57
  • @ElliottFrisch That is actually exactly what came to mind! – Kevin Workman Feb 3 '14 at 18:58
  • But spooky = weird, scary, and kooky = weird, silly. They're just two different words with close connotations both to each other and to OP's two target meanings. The request is for a single word embodying both meanings. – FumbleFingers Feb 3 '14 at 22:06
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    @FumbleFingers The point of my answer was to give the OP a place to start a thesaurus search if not provide the exactly correct word. I'm not totally sure what your point is. – Kevin Workman Feb 4 '14 at 1:26
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    I like spooky. I don't reckon most dictionaries would mention "silly" in their definitions of the word, but, still, it seems to have a rather juvenile connotation. For example, when I queried the spooky house on Google images, a lot of cartoonish houses were returned, like this one from a children's book. I would think that "spooky" could refer to a "silly scariness" in many contexts. – J.R. Feb 4 '14 at 1:56

How about "Eerie"?

  1. Uncanny, so as to inspire superstitious fear; weird:

If you're OK with slang, try spoopy:

"Spoopy" is an Internet slang word used to describe something that is comical and spooky at the same time.
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Notably, Merriam-Webster published an article about the word (under "Words We're Watching").

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