\ 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


a droll little man with a peculiar sense of humor a book of droll stories


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

In keeping with Adam’s column, here’s a droll look at how Big Tech is preparing for the reckoning that is surely coming for it. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Silicon Valley’s Smokescreen and the Phoniness of ‘Thought Leadership’—Data Sheet," 20 Aug. 2019 The book has many droll things to say about architecture, and Seattle, and private-school parents, and what is permitted, for whom. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "What ‘Where’d You Go, Bernadette?’ meant to me as a woman in architecture," 13 Aug. 2019 Even minor characters—like the dead-eyed, constantly texting office manager, Stacy, played with droll lassitude by Salahuddin’s sister Zuri—have their own story arcs and funny quirks. Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker, "“Sherman’s Showcase” Celebrates a Lost TV Genre," 12 Aug. 2019 The droll Bramwell Tovey helms the night, leading the L.A. Phil and the USC Trojan Marching Band through four of Tchaikovsky’s greatest works. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best live music around L.A.: Carly Rae Jepsen, a mammoth hip-hop festival and more," 6 Aug. 2019 Simini Blocker’s witty, observant illustrations (see bottom left), all done in bright jewel tones, help to make this romp for readers ages 5 to 9 a droll delight. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: The Thrill of Imaginative Play," 12 July 2019 That’s also the case with Barnett’s wickedly smart songwriting, which offers acidic observations behind droll delivery. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Chase Rice, Courtney Barnett and more of the best and worst from the side stages on Day 8," 4 July 2019 Regardless of the stylistic context, his work was instantly recognizable, whether for its genre-leaping twists and turns, intricate melodic, harmonic and rhythmic structures, or alternately droll, barbed and juvenile song lyrics. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Zappa at Dizzy’s’ a frankly deep dive for Mike Keneally," 4 Aug. 2019 Pitt is hilariously droll as Cliff, Rick’s unflappable best friend, driver and stunt double, too. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, "Quentin Tarantino’s brilliant, audacious “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” brings 1969 to vivid life (review)," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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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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