amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
a droll person; jester; wag.
Archaic. to jest; joke.
- drollness, noun
- drolly, adverb
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How to use droll in a sentence
There is, however, a curious difference between talkers and do’ers as the droll Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy makes clear.
Mortimer smartly repurposes Mitford’s droll prose as a voiceover without framing Fanny’s narration as the full picture.Amazon’s Divine Period Romance The Pursuit of Love Gives Classic Social Satire a Modern Twist | Judy Berman | July 30, 2021 | Time
Serious in his reporting but droll in delivery, Mudd would broadcast from the Capitol every day the civil rights filibuster lasted, an idea that sprang from Fred Friendly, the new head of CBS News.The media will be key to overcoming a Senate filibuster on voting rights | Donald Ritchie | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
His droll, dark playfulness spills over into the recreations, too.It’s astounding that HBO’s new docuseries Exterminate All the Brutes even exists | Alissa Wilkinson | April 9, 2021 | Vox
Her observation of the fragility and loveliness of daily life is so sharp and her commentary so droll, trenchant and precise, that the modest world she describes becomes almost numinous.‘Brood,’ a quiet meditation on the small stuff, makes for a perfect pandemic read | Jennifer Reese | March 5, 2021 | Washington Post
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’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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’ | Marlow Stern | July 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She ran the gamut with physical humor and dished out droll, self-deprecating one-liners.
But unlike True Detective it was also droll, playful, quirky, invigorating, and creative.‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’ | Jimmy So | March 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Truth in Advertising balances the droll with the hopeful and the glib with the heartfelt.
No one would listen to him but old Monsieur Farival, who went into convulsions over the droll story.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
If this be so, doubtless there must likewise be the ghosts of dogs (what "droll dogs" they must be), also of puppies, and asses.Second Edition of A Discovery Concerning Ghosts | George Cruikshank
Irish anecdotes are exceedingly droll; but they only tend to show the thoughtless side of the Irish character.Friend Mac Donald | Max O'Rell
"Your interference in my affairs grows really droll, monsieur," said the Marquis tartly.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
The close association of Parpon and Valmond—that was droll; yet, too, it had a sort of fitness, she knew scarcely why.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for droll
amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
- drollness, noun
- drolly, adverb
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