droll

droll
droll [drōl]
adj.
[Fr drôle, orig. n., buffoon, jester < MDu drol, short, stout fellow, lit., bowling pin]
amusing in an odd or wry way
n.
Now Rare a droll person; jester
vi.
Now Rare to joke; play the jester
SYN.- FUNNY
drollness
n.
drolly
adv.

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  • Droll — (dr[=o]l), a. [Compar. {Droller}; superl. {Drollest}.] [F. dr[^o]le; cf. G. & D. drollig, LG. drullig, D. drol a thick and short person, a droll, Sw. troll a magical appearance, demon, trolla to use magic arts, enchant, Dan. trold elf, imp, Icel …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • droll — droll·ery; droll·ing·ly; droll·ness; droll; …   English syllables

  • Droll — Droll, v. t. 1. To lead or influence by jest or trick; to banter or jest; to cajole. [1913 Webster] Men that will not be reasoned into their senses, may yet be laughed or drolled into them. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] 2. To make a jest of; to set… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Droll — Droll, n. 1. One whose practice it is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester; a buffoon; a merry andrew. Prior. [1913 Webster] 2. Something exhibited to raise mirth or sport, as a puppet, a farce, and the like. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Droll — Droll, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Drolled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Drolling}.] To jest; to play the buffoon. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • droll — [drəul US droul] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: drôle] amusing in an unusual way …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • droll — [ droul ] adjective funny in an unusual way …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • droll — (adj.) 1620s, from Fr. drôle odd, comical, funny (1580s), in M.Fr. a noun meaning a merry fellow, possibly from M.Du. drol fat little fellow, goblin, or M.H.G. trolle clown, ultimately from O.N. troll giant, troll (see TROLL (Cf. troll) (n.)).… …   Etymology dictionary

  • droll — *laughable, risible, comic, comical, funny, ludicrous, ridiculous, farcical Analogous words: amusing, diverting, entertaining (see AMUSE): absurd, preposterous (see FOOLISH): humorous, *witty, facetious …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • droll — [adj] amusing, farcical absurd, camp, campy, clownish, comic, comical, crack up, diverting, eccentric, entertaining, for grins*, funny, gagged up*, gelastic, humorous, jocular, joshing, laffer, laughable, ludicrous, odd, preposterous, quaint,… …   New thesaurus

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