\ 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

Other Words from droll


drollness noun
drolly \ ˈdrō(l)-​lē How to pronounce droll (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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Diedrich Bader remains a droll delight as Sam's non-romantic soulmate, Rich, who supports Max during a major life decision. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, 22 Feb. 2022 Perna poked a wickedly droll finger in the eye of an unprecedented 1980s art-market boom, which was setting records and garnering headlines. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 His low-key swagger and distinct delivery — engagingly droll, with a slurred word sometimes playfully disrupting his sharp flow — drew listeners in to his witty wordplay. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1 Dec. 2021 But the emphasis is on droll appearance and laidback energy approaching stasis, not character or dramatic development. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 21 Oct. 2021 But he’ll be best remembered by many as the fantastically droll anchor of Weekend Update during his run on Saturday Night Live. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 14 Sep. 2021 Naturally, not everyone is going to get along, but the relationships and rivalries never become overwhelming under the deft and droll pen of New York Times bestselling author and bookstore owner Emma Straub. Rachel King, Fortune, 23 May 2020 Also there’s Joan Cusack, having a high, droll time of it as a Pentagon official giddy at the prospect of using the memory berry for all sorts of new and fabulous projects. cleveland, 22 May 2020 Gavin’s an important white guy surrounded by important white people, and Good Fight keeps approaching the acquisition with droll cynicism. Darren Franich, EW.com, 9 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun O'Loughlin is a magnetic and highly underrated leading man, while Michaela Watkins and Melissa McCarthy threaten to steal the show with their droll supporting turns. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 The French show has drawn a cult following on Netflix over the past few years for its droll, charming portrayal of Parisian film agents and the movie stars who plague and sustain them. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 30 Apr. 2022 Conversations with Leibowitz are droll but filled with laughter. David Lyman, The Enquirer, 7 Apr. 2022 There’s also Doris Stevens (Nadia Dandashi, teeming with earnestness), an eager young student and writer from Ohio, and Ruza Wenclawska (a droll Hannah Cruz), the tough-as-nails Polish American factory worker and union organizer. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 And Pig's droll approach feels purposefully low-key. Darren Franich, EW.com, 16 Mar. 2022 Erikson's show isn't as instantly compelling as its predecessors, but benefits from rich world-building and droll humor about office perks and morale. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 19 Feb. 2022 The weather outside on Friday night’s opening was a close match for the sepia tones of Courtney O’Neill’s droll and unusual set. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Staples effectively creates a portrait of himself as a droll, economical cynic, unruffled under duress and full of acute perspective into the perils of gang life. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for droll


\ 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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