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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

Synonyms for droll

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

Synonym study

1. See amusing.

Antonyms for droll

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Examples from the Web for drolling

Historical Examples of drolling

  • The girl broke into a fondly approving laugh at his drolling.

    The March Family Trilogy, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • "I hope you'll always be silent," the girl shared in his drolling.

    Fennel and Rue

    William Dean Howells

  • The case standing thus, neither the Man, nor the Business, would admit of Drolling.

  • One can almost see Mr. Fidge and Mr. Padge drolling it in his pages.

  • "Yes, it's certainly carriage exercise," Verrian admitted in the same spirit, if it was a drolling spirit.

    Fennel and Rue

    William Dean Howells

British Dictionary definitions for drolling


  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 drolling



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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