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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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Examples from the Web for drolly
Historical Examples
  • Then she curtseyed, smiling at him drolly, and put her hand upon her breast.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope
  • He looked at her drolly, and added: "You played up to me fine, sis."

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • With his conversation, he drolly remarked, he paid his way into society.

    Egoists James Huneker
  • Susan laughed; she couldn't help it, Daisy looked so drolly.

    Daisy; or, The Fairy Spectacles Caroline Snowden Guild
  • "It will depend on who does the pacing, I guess," said John drolly.

  • “I don't know,” Mollie said, so drolly that they all laughed.

  • Tom Davies described it drolly enough: 'He laughs like a rhinoceros.'

    Life of Johnson James Boswell
  • Parliamentarianism, writes Mr. Barry OBrien drolly, was apparently becoming a respectable thing.

    Lord Randolph Churchill Winston Spencer Churchill
  • Partridge woodpeckers flocked in, drolly jollying each other and making much talk, sotto voce.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • 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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