drollery

noun
droll·​ery | \ ˈdrōl-rē How to pronounce drollery (audio) , ˈdrō-lə- \
plural drolleries

Definition of drollery

1 : something that is droll especially : a comic picture or drawing
2 : the act or an instance of jesting or burlesquing
3 : whimsical humor

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Examples of drollery in a Sentence

the film's sophisticated drolleries will elicit smiles and chuckles even upon repeated viewings though generally serious, the novel about a seriously dysfunctional family is not without drollery
Recent Examples on the Web Its twists are fairly predictable, and its drollery is openly derivative of other teen hits. ... Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, "How these four engaging series take teen angst to all new levels," 2 June 2020 The result might be more humane by today's standards, but earnestness saps the drollery. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Essential Arts & Culture: Opera and the black experience, 'Shrew' and TV's 'Jesus Christ Superstar'," 7 Apr. 2018 Several of those interviews cross the line from drollery into self-enchantment. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘I, Tonya’ Review: We, Fascinated," 7 Dec. 2017 Passage of Davis-Bacon brought out the drollery in Rep. William Upshaw, a Georgia Democrat. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The demolition of a 1931 law would make building much cheaper," 18 June 2017 Passage of Davis-Bacon brought out the drollery in Rep. William Upshaw, a Georgia Democrat. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The demolition of a 1931 law would make building much cheaper," 18 June 2017 Passage of Davis-Bacon brought out the drollery in Rep. William Upshaw, a Georgia Democrat. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The demolition of a 1931 law would make building much cheaper," 18 June 2017 Passage of Davis-Bacon brought out the drollery in Rep. William Upshaw, a Georgia Democrat. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The demolition of a 1931 law would make building much cheaper," 18 June 2017 As the lively production at Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre demonstrates, however, Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy remains a sparkling display of period drollery. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Corruption is funny (for a change) in ‘An Ideal Husband’ in Lafayette," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of drollery

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Jun 2020

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“Drollery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drollery. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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