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