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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


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

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1. See amusing.


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Examples from the Web for drollest

Historical Examples

  • It is the drollest mode of assuming a family name I ever heard of.

    The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly

    Charles James Lever

  • Altogether, I reckon this meeting as the drollest in all my experience.

  • He had a little Norval dress, I remember: the drollest little Norval.

    Roundabout Papers

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest "phiz" in dogdom.

    Story of My Life

    Helen Keller

  • The drollest thing, however, was to see him take his turn at hiding.

British Dictionary definitions for drollest


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

Word Origin

C17: from French drôle scamp, from Middle Dutch: imp
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Word Origin and History for drollest



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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