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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.
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Origin of drollery

1590–1600; droll + -ery; compare French drôlerie
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Related Words

whimsyfoolishnessjestraillerypleasantrybuffoonerywhimsicalitywaggery

Examples from the Web for drollery

Historical Examples

  • Whittier's play on this fact is in the best vein of his drollery.

    Whittier-land

    Samuel T. Pickard

  • How I chuckled when I saw that he broke down in his attempt at drollery.

  • And the Commodore had to wipe his eyes, with the laughter at his drollery.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • Stapylton joined in the laugh with which M'Cormick welcomed his own drollery.

    Barrington

    Charles James Lever

  • The herring-agents at the hotel table were full of drollery.


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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