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[drohl] /droʊl/
adjective, droller, drollest.
amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
a droll person; jester; wag.
verb (used without object)
Archaic. to jest; joke.
Origin of droll
1615-25; < Middle French drolle pleasant rascal < Middle Dutch drol a fat little man
Related forms
drollness, noun
drolly, adverb
1. diverting, odd, witty. 2, 3. clown.
1. serious.
Synonym Study
1. See amusing. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • He and his mother were Queery and drolly, contemptuously so called, and they answered to these names.

    Auld Licht Idylls J. M. Barrie
  • With his conversation, he drolly remarked, he paid his way into society.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • He looked at her drolly, and added: "You played up to me fine, sis."

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • Tom Davies described it drolly enough: 'He laughs like a rhinoceros.'

    Life of Johnson James Boswell
  • “I don't know,” Mollie said, so drolly that they all laughed.

  • Parliamentarianism, writes Mr. Barry OBrien drolly, was apparently becoming a respectable thing.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • His manner was drolly that of a showman exhibiting a rare freak, newly captured.

    The Life of the Party Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Partridge woodpeckers flocked in, drolly jollying each other and making much talk, sotto voce.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • "It will depend on who does the pacing, I guess," said John drolly.

  • She seemed pleased, even grateful, which impressed me as being so drolly unusual, that I was almost suspicious.

    Wanted: A Cook Alan Dale
British Dictionary definitions for drolly


amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
Derived Forms
drollness, noun
drolly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French drôle scamp, from Middle Dutch: imp
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Word Origin and History for drolly



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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