adjective, droll·er, droll·est.

amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.


a droll person; jester; wag.

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to jest; joke.

Nearby words

  1. droit de suite,
  2. droit des gens,
  3. droit du seigneur,
  4. droitural,
  5. droke,
  6. drollery,
  7. dromedary,
  8. dromograph,
  9. dromomania,
  10. dromon

Origin of droll

1615–25; < Middle French drolle pleasant rascal < Middle Dutch drol a fat little man

Related formsdroll·ness, noundrol·ly, adverb

Synonym study

1. See amusing.

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British Dictionary definitions for droll



amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
Derived Formsdrollness, noundrolly, adverb

Word Origin for droll

C17: from French drôle scamp, from Middle Dutch: imp

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Word Origin and History for droll



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.

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