He and his mother were Queery and drolly, contemptuously so called, and they answered to these names.
With his conversation, he drolly remarked, he paid his way into society.
He looked at her drolly, and added: "You played up to me fine, sis."
Tom Davies described it drolly enough: 'He laughs like a rhinoceros.'
“I don't know,” Mollie said, so drolly that they all laughed.
Parliamentarianism, writes Mr. Barry OBrien drolly, was apparently becoming a respectable thing.
His manner was drolly that of a showman exhibiting a rare freak, newly captured.
Partridge woodpeckers flocked in, drolly jollying each other and making much talk, sotto voce.
"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.
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.