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 This high-concept, low-key exercise in sustained drollery is an anthology of three unrelated stories about small-town French life, framed as features in the eponymous magazine, which is published as a supplement to a Kansas newspaper. Kyle Smith, National Review, 6 Oct. 2021 Breasts come in for their share of drollery as well in a play that sets up two superannuated choruses, one droopily male, the other saggingly female. Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2021 In Jacobs’s previous film, The Lovers, the storytelling seemed to be going nowhere, but this film finds drollery in the disjunction between life and relationships. Armond White, National Review, 23 Apr. 2021 Its twists are fairly predictable, and its drollery is openly derivative of other teen hits. ... Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2020 The result might be more humane by today's standards, but earnestness saps the drollery. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, 7 Apr. 2018 Several of those interviews cross the line from drollery into self-enchantment. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 7 Dec. 2017 Passage of Davis-Bacon brought out the drollery in Rep. William Upshaw, a Georgia Democrat. George Will, Twin Cities, 18 June 2017 Passage of Davis-Bacon brought out the drollery in Rep. William Upshaw, a Georgia Democrat. George Will, Twin Cities, 18 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of drollery

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Drollery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drollery. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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