\ ˈdrōl How to pronounce droll (audio) \

Definition of droll

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality his dignified presence decorated our droll little quarters— Gwendolyn Brooks



Definition of droll (Entry 2 of 3)

: an amusing person : jester, comedian


drolled; drolling; drolls

Definition of droll (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to make fun : jest, sport drolling a little upon the corporal— Laurence Sterne

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Other Words from droll


drollness noun
drolly \ ˈdrō(l)-​lē How to pronounce drolly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of droll in a Sentence

Adjective a droll little man with a peculiar sense of humor a book of droll stories Noun the drolls of late-night TV had a field day with that senator's sexual shenanigans
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective While so much early conceptual art tended toward the cold and cerebral, Mr. Baldessari’s was infused with a droll sense of humor. Jori Finkel, BostonGlobe.com, "John Baldessari, who gave conceptual art a dose of humor, at 88," 6 Jan. 2020 Parker’s voice is earnest and droll, one that lends her novels a breathless specificity that allows you to get lost in the trappings of this world. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The 10 best romance novels of 2019," 23 Dec. 2019 Another echoing aircraft hangar is home to a set representing a perfect Depression-era kitchen, where Rebel Wilson’s droll, slothful Jennyanydots will lounge her days away. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Extraordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things: Behind the Scenes of Cats," 19 Dec. 2019 After breaking out of a snow-globe prison, the queen envies the friendship of Gerda (Moira Todd, nicely blending humor and earnestness) and Kai (the fine Joshua Cole Lucas, now droll, now hapless). Celia Wren, Washington Post, "No winter wonderland in slushy ‘Snow Queen’," 15 Dec. 2019 Andrei Codrescu, a Romanian-American artist living in New Orleans, began to bring his thickly accented English and droll humor to NPR in 1983. Jason Loviglio, The Conversation, "NPR is still expanding the range of what authority sounds like after 50 years," 6 Dec. 2019 That droll demeanor is not the stuff of the Iowa State Fair soapbox, but few things about Bloomberg’s campaign are typical. Washington Post, "Aboard Bloomberg bus: Droll wit, swag, Texas-size ambition," 12 Jan. 2020 While so much early conceptual art tended toward the cold and cerebral, Mr. Baldessari’s was infused with a droll sense of humor. Jori Finkel, BostonGlobe.com, "John Baldessari, who gave conceptual art a dose of humor, at 88," 6 Jan. 2020 While so much early conceptual art tended toward the cold and cerebral, Mr. Baldessari’s was infused with a droll sense of humor. Jori Finkel, New York Times, "John Baldessari, Who Gave Conceptual Art a Dose of Humor, Is Dead at 88," 5 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Chung spends more time with the youngsters and the old-timer than seems genuinely necessary, but these are among the film’s best scenes, at once droll, impudent and true-to-life. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Minari': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 Passage was a natural performer - droll, self-deprecating and bursting with jittery energy. oregonlive.com, "The trouble with tigers in America," 13 July 2019 Providing vigorous supporting work are Skye Scott and the extra-droll Scott Stangland as stalwart members of the Stax house band. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "New jukebox musical 'Soul' delivers stacks of hits in vibrant production," 14 May 2018 But a frisky track with a rockabilly backbeat and droll, squiggly pedal-steel fills are her best chance at getting away with it. New York Times, "The Playlist: Justin Bieber Boosts a Friend, and 14 More New Songs," 6 Apr. 2018 Luckily, a couple of flight attendants from Air New Zealand are on hand to help him understand the Kiwi droll. Ruth Kinane, PEOPLE.com, "The 26 Best Holiday Commercials of 2017," 23 Dec. 2017 Pacek amuses in this role, enlivening his jokes with a droll, almost Beckettian delivery. Jim Rutter, Philly.com, "Spectacular staging offsets lackluster score of 'Something Wicked'," 24 Sep. 2017 In a droll, three-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Steven Merryday denied the motion filed by an assistant U.S. attorney. Tamara Lush, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Judge quotes Star Trek, Wordsworth, Carly Simon in nixing man's request to view eclipse," 22 Aug. 2017 Back then, free period called for dotting your hands with Crayola’s blue swirls and snowflake markers; now, Milk Makeup’s minimal star stamp provides a droll, upgraded version of that schoolyard beauty statement. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "27 Back-to-School Beauty Products Inspired by Your ’90s Classroom Staples," 24 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of droll


1623, in the meaning defined above


circa 1645, in the meaning defined above


1654, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for droll

Adjective, Noun, and Verb

French drôle, from drôle scamp, from Middle French drolle, from Middle Dutch, imp

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“Droll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/droll. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce droll (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of droll

: having an odd and amusing quality


\ ˈdrōl How to pronounce droll (audio) \
droller; drollest

Kids Definition of droll

: having an odd or amusing quality a droll expression

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