droll


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droll

(drōl)
adj. droll·er, droll·est
Amusingly odd or whimsically comical.
n. Archaic
An amusing or whimsically comical person.

[French drôle, from earlier, rascal, knave, from Middle French drolle, bon vivant, from Middle Dutch drol, hobgoblin, elf, from Old Norse troll, troll; see troll2.]

droll′ness n.
drol′ly adv.

droll

(drəʊl)
adj
amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
[C17: from French drôle scamp, from Middle Dutch: imp]
ˈdrollness n
ˈdrolly adv

droll

(droʊl)

adj. droll•er, droll•est,
n. adj.
1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
n.
2. a droll person; jester; wag.
[1615–25; < Middle French drolle pleasant rascal < Middle Dutch drol a fat little man]
droll′ness, n.
drol′ly, adv.
syn: See amusing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.droll - comical in an odd or whimsical manner; "a droll little man with a quiet tongue-in-cheek kind of humor"
humorous, humourous - full of or characterized by humor; "humorous stories"; "humorous cartoons"; "in a humorous vein"

droll

droll

adjective
Translations

droll

[drəʊl] ADJgracioso, divertido

droll

[ˈdrəʊl] adjdrôle

droll

adj, drolly
advkomisch, amüsant

droll

[drəʊl] adj (old) (humour) → ameno/a; (expression) → buffo/a, strambo/a
References in classic literature ?
Then I am off for him," said Sancho; and leaving his master he went in quest of the bachelor, with whom he returned in a short time, and, all three together, they had a very droll colloquy.
A droll cut of the eye showed either that he knew him of old, or perceived at once his characteristics.
It was a funny room, of course, but not so funny as you might expect; there were droll things in it, but they did nothing funny, you could see that they were just waiting for Joey.
John is a cautious man," he said, with a droll smile, "and it is not always easy to get his opinion about people, so I thought if I beat the bush on this side the birds would fly out, and I should learn what I wanted to know quickly; so now we will come to business.
Calm is the bottom of my sea: who would guess that it hideth droll monsters!
Newman, unlike his companion, read the name with perfect gravity; all French names to him were equally droll.
Oftener than once her coming had interrupted the droll story with which Robert was entertaining some amused group of married women.
Matters of a much more extraordinary kind are to be the subject of this history, or I should grossly mis-spend my time in writing so voluminous a work; and you, my sagacious friend, might with equal profit and pleasure travel through some pages which certain droll authors have been facetiously pleased to call
Sight-seeing from morning till night, stopping for nice lunches in the gay cafes, and meeting with all sorts of droll adventures.
As to Porthos--oh, as to Porthos, faith, that's a droll affair
All this, set off by the presence of that excellent prince, who was so good-natured, who invented so droll tricks against Monsieur de Chavigny and so fine jokes against Mazarin, made for La Ramee the approaching Pentecost one of the four great feasts of the year.
Rebecca is a droll funny creature, to be sure; and those descriptions of the poor lady weeping for the loss of her beauty, and the gentleman "with hay-coloured whiskers and straw-coloured hair," are very smart, doubtless, and show a great knowledge of the world.