- amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
- a droll person; jester; wag.
- Archaic. to jest; joke.
Origin of droll
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Examples from the Web for droll
And, as the enigmatic front man to an avant garde indie rock group, he is droll, perceptive, and splendidly weird.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’
January 6, 2015
And Pratt is at once macho, charming, and droll; a Han Solo for the Facebook generation.The Next Han Solo: Chris Pratt on His Star-Making Turn in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
July 22, 2014
But unlike True Detective it was also droll, playful, quirky, invigorating, and creative.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
Truth in Advertising balances the droll with the hopeful and the glib with the heartfelt.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 7, 2013
January 7, 2013
Ronson himself—inquiring, droll, more than a bit nerdy—is the self-deprecating guide and hero of these adventures.This Week’s Hot Reads: November 6, 2012
November 7, 2012
Rulledge demanded, with a resentment which we felt so droll in him that we laughed.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
Provost was tall, his silvery hair was blown about, and he had a droll face.My Double Life
Whereat they said how droll, how cheerful, what a flow of spirits!Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It may seem a droll idea; but see what progress has been made already.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
"But go and see that droll dog," the little man persisted, calling after him.A Tale of Two Cities
- amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
Word Origin and History for droll
1620s, from French drôle "odd, comical, funny" (1580s), in Middle French a noun meaning "a merry fellow," possibly from Middle Dutch drol "fat little fellow, goblin," or Middle High German trolle "clown," ultimately from Old Norse troll "giant, troll" (see troll (n.)). Related: Drolly; drollish.