- 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 drolly
Then she curtseyed, smiling at him drolly, and put her hand upon her breast.The Prime Minister
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
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.
- amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
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.