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n. pl. droll·er·ies
1. A comical or whimsical quality.
2. A comical or whimsical way of acting, talking, or behaving.
a. The act of joking; clowning.
b. Something, such as a story, that is comical or whimsical.


n, pl -eries
1. humour; comedy
2. rare a droll act, story, or remark


(ˈdroʊ lə ri)

n., pl. -er•ies.
1. something whimsically amusing or funny.
2. a droll quality or manner; whimsical humor.
3. the action or behavior of a droll person; jesting.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drollery - a comic incident or series of incidents
fun, sport, play - verbal wit or mockery (often at another's expense but not to be taken seriously); "he became a figure of fun"; "he said it in sport"
2.drollery - a quaint and amusing jest
jest, joke, jocularity - activity characterized by good humor


References in classic literature ?
To which the duchess made answer, "that worthy Sancho is droll I consider a very good thing, because it is a sign that he is shrewd; for drollery and sprightliness, Senor Don Quixote, as you very well know, do not take up their abode with dull wits; and as good Sancho is droll and sprightly I here set him down as shrewd.
The bright blue eyes regarded the spectator with a kind of lurking drollery - you almost expected to see them wink; the lips - a little too voluptuously full - seemed ready to break into a smile; the warmly-tinted cheeks were embellished with a luxuriant growth of reddish whiskers; while the bright chestnut hair, clustering in abundant, wavy curls, trespassed too much upon the forehead, and seemed to intimate that the owner thereof was prouder of his beauty than his intellect - as, perhaps, he had reason to be; and yet he looked no fool.
Nastasia Philipovna, who loved originality and drollery of all kinds, was apparently very fond of this old man, and rang the bell for more tea to stop his coughing.
If the trader had not been sure, by a certain good-humored twinkle in the large eye, that all this banter was sure, in the long run, to turn out a cash concern, he might have been somewhat out of patience; as it was, he laid down a greasy pocket-book on the cotton-bales, and began anxiously studying over certain papers in it, the young man standing by, the while, looking down on him with an air of careless, easy drollery.
Beneath his bushy black brows danced a pair of little gray eyes that could not stand still for very drollery of humor.
The air of settled gloom, which had taken possession of the squatter's countenance, lighted for an instant with a look of dull drollery, as he answered--
Pickwick's ribs, and thereby displaying his native drollery, and his knowledge of the anatomy of the human frame, at one and the same time, inquired--
Gilbert had whisked the pin out of sight and was studying his history with the soberest face in the world; but when the commotion subsided he looked at Anne and winked with inexpressible drollery.
Their 25th album finds them having a glorious laugh, using systemised electro, operatic interventions and lyrical drollery to conjure a mood that's both giddy and lethally on the money.
Yet somehow the activism always gets crowded out by all that winsome, self-effacing Yorkshire drollery.
IT'S testament to Simon Callow's delivery, that a rant about his ongoing dispute with baristas who struggle with his coffee order, is more masterclass in drollery, than mundane moan.
PICK OF THE WEEK THE REBEL, Gold, Wednesday, 10pm IT'S TESTAMENT To Simon Callow's delivery, that a rant about his ongoing dispute with baristas who struggle with his coffee order, is more masterclass in drollery, than mundane moan.