Droll definition

drōl
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Amusing in an odd or wry way.
adjective
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Amusingly odd or whimsically comical.
adjective
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The definition of droll refers to unusual, often sarcastic or dry humor.

An example of droll is a wry and sarcastic, yet funny comment.

adjective
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(now rare) A droll person; jester.
noun
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A buffoon.
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(now rare) To joke; play the jester.
verb
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adjective
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(archaic) A buffoon.
noun
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(archaic) To joke, to jest.
verb
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
droll
Plural:
drolls

Adjective

Base Form:
droll
Comparative:
droller
Superlative:
drollest

Origin of droll

  • French drôle buffoon, droll from Old French drolle bon vivant possibly from Middle Dutch drol goblin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary