adjective, droll·er, droll·est.

amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.


a droll person; jester; wag.

verb (used without object)

Archaic. to jest; joke.

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 drolly

Historical Examples of drolly

  • Then she curtseyed, smiling at him drolly, and put her hand upon her breast.

    The Prime Minister

    Anthony Trollope

  • He looked at her drolly, and added: "You played up to me fine, sis."

    A Texas Ranger

    William MacLeod Raine

  • With his conversation, he drolly remarked, he paid his way into society.


    James Huneker

  • Susan laughed; she couldn't help it, Daisy looked so drolly.

    Daisy; or, The Fairy Spectacles

    Caroline Snowden Guild

  • "It will depend on who does the pacing, I guess," said John drolly.

British Dictionary definitions for drolly



amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
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 drolly



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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