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adjective, droll·er, droll·est.
  1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
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  1. a droll person; jester; wag.
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verb (used without object)
  1. Archaic. to jest; joke.
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Origin of droll

1615–25; < Middle French drolle pleasant rascal < Middle Dutch drol a fat little man
Related formsdroll·ness, noundrol·ly, adverb

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1. diverting, odd, witty. 2, 3. clown.

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1. See amusing.

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Related Words for droll

whimsical, humorous, entertaining, eccentric, funny, absurd, camp, comic, comical, jocular, laughable, ludicrous, odd, preposterous, quaint, queer, quizzical, ridiculous, riot, risible

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  1. amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
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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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