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: having a humorous, whimsical, or odd quality
his dignified presence decorated our droll little quartersGwendolyn Brooks
drollness noun
drolly adverb


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: an amusing person : jester, comedian


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drolled; drolling; drolls

intransitive verb

: to make fun : jest, sport
drolling a little upon the corporalLaurence Sterne

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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Word History


Adjective, Noun, and Verb

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

First Known Use


1623, in the meaning defined above


circa 1645, in the meaning defined above


1654, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of droll was in 1623

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“Droll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/droll. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: having an odd or amusing quality
drollness noun

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