drollery

[droh-luh-ree]
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noun, plural droll·er·ies.
  1. something whimsically amusing or funny.
  2. an oddly amusing story or jest.
  3. a droll quality or manner; whimsical humor.
  4. the action or behavior of a droll, waggish person; jesting.
  5. a comic picture.
  6. Archaic. a puppet show.

Origin of drollery

1590–1600; droll + -ery; compare French drôlerie
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British Dictionary definitions for drollery

drollery

noun plural -eries
  1. humour; comedy
  2. rare a droll act, story, or remark
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Word Origin and History for drollery
n.

1590s, from French drôlerie (16c.), from drôle (see droll).

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