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  • adv. In a droll, odd or humorous manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a droll or comical manner.


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From droll + -ly


  • The arresting title drolly indicates the almost Manichean worldview espoused by Ray Wylie Hubbard, grizzled veteran of the Texas singer-songwriter scene.

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  • He's sat for one-hour sessions and he's sat for six-hour marathons on consecutive days, all to create what he drolly called "my body of body art."

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  • CAS does not petrify the state of the planet or make us drolly recite historical facts as if they were true representations of reality.

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  • He drolly cites survey results showing that 80% of professors in the humanities and social sciences describe themselves as liberals.

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  • And then ol' Steve himself appears onscreen in a pre-recorded greeting, also drolly noting that he's been meeting with AFI longer than he's had an American Express card.

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  • Heywood's Anne Frankford cuckolds her husband John (a steady performance by Paul Ready) with his charming but poor protégé, Wendoll (played drolly and, at one point, entirely unclothed—this is a feminist version, after all—by Sebastian Armesto).

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  • Paul responded with encouragement, observing drolly that he was sure she would one day make a superb chef “because you are so interested in food.”

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  • The crews drolly referred to this hellish configuration as the "terrible twos."

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  • Either way, you'll enjoy the savviest voice cast on TV, including Jessica Walter and sometimes Jeffrey Tambor from Arrested Development, the hilarious Aisha Tyler and Chris Parnell and above all the drolly deadpan H.

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  • After Gervais introduced him by saying, "Many of you in this room probably know him best from such facilities as the Betty Ford Clinic and Los Angeles County Jail," Downey took a bow and drolly shot back, "Aside from the fact that he has been hugely mean-spirited with mildly sinister overtones, I'd say the vibe of the show is pretty good so far, wouldn't you?"

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