from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Amusingly odd or whimsically comical.
- n. Archaic A buffoon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. oddly humorous; whimsical, amusing in a quaint way; waggish
- n. A buffoon
- v. To joke, to jest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Queer, and fitted to provoke laughter; ludicrous from oddity; amusing and strange.
- n. One whose practice it is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester; a buffoon; a merry-andrew.
- n. Something exhibited to raise mirth or sport, as a puppet, a farce, and the like.
- intransitive v. To jest; to play the buffoon.
- transitive v. To lead or influence by jest or trick; to banter or jest; to cajole.
- transitive v. To make a jest of; to set in a comical light.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A waggish fellow; one whose practice or occupation is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester, merry-andrew, or buffoon.
- n. A farce; a dramatic entertainment intended to amuse.
- Waggish; facetious; comical.
- Ludicrous; queer; laughable; ridiculous: as, a droll story; a droll scene.
- Synonyms Comical, Funny, etc. (see ludicrous); amusing, farcical, waggish, fantastic, whimsical.
- To jest; play the buffoon.
- To lead or influence by jest or trick; cajole.
- To turn into a jest.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. comical in an odd or whimsical manner
French drôle, buffoon, droll, from Old French drolle, bon vivant, possibly from Middle Dutch drol, goblin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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 *truzlan (“creature which walks clumsily”), from Proto-Germanic *truzlanan (“to walk with short steps”). More at troll. (Wiktionary)