Origin of drollFrench drôle, origin, originally n., buffoon, jester from Middle Dutch drol, short, stout fellow, literally , bowling pin
An example of droll is a wry and sarcastic, yet funny comment.
Origin of drollFrench drôle buffoon, droll from Old French drolle bon vivant possibly from Middle Dutch drol goblin
(comparative droller, superlative drollest)
- (archaic) A buffoon
(third-person singular simple present drolls, present participle drolling, simple past and past participle drolled)
From French drôle (“comical, odd, funny”), from drôle (“buffoon”) from Middle French drolle (“a merry fellow, pleasant rascal”) from Old French drolle (“one who lives luxuriously”), from Middle Dutch drol (“fat little man, goblin”) from Old Norse troll (“giant, troll”) (compare Middle High German trolle (“clown”)), from Proto-Germanic *truzlą (“creature which walks clumsily”), from Proto-Germanic *truzlaną (“to walk with short steps”). More at troll.