American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Amusingly odd or whimsically comical.
- n. Archaic A buffoon.
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.
- adj. oddly humorous; whimsical, amusing in a quaint way; waggish
- n. archaic A buffoon
- v. archaic To joke, to jest.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- v. rare To jest; to play the buffoon.
- v. To lead or influence by jest or trick; to banter or jest; to cajole.
- v. rare To make a jest of; to set in a comical light.
- adj. comical in an odd or whimsical manner
- 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)
- 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)
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“She calls his droll accusations stupid and misguided, just about.”
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“Him whom we allowed formerly for a certain pleasant subtilty, and natural way of giving you an unexpected hit, called a droll, is now mimicked by a biter, who is a dull fellow, that tells you a lie with a grave face, and laughs at you for knowing him no better than to believe him.”
“Apropos of this small affair, I can recall a droll scene, _de eodem genere_, which I witnessed within a week of the other.”
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“KING: And it worked for your kind of droll approach.”
“In JAFL 31: 480-481 is given a Guatemala droll which is clearly derived from the Arabian Nights form of our story.”
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