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
- 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. comical in an odd or whimsical manner
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She calls his droll accusations stupid and misguided, just about.
He had always assumed she was a genius, her name a droll ironic touch.
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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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