One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Curious or unusual in a way that provokes dry amusement.‘his unique brand of droll self-mockery’
funny, humorous, amusing, comic, comical, mirthful, chucklesome, hilarious, rollickingquaint, odd, strange, queer, eccentric, outlandish, bizarre, whimsicalView synonyms
- ‘Perhaps, I think, he just went out on one of his famous walks, walks that I shared for many droll miles.’
- ‘Though not slapstick or of the knee-slapping variety, Hamer is droll and often wickedly subtle in his deadly strain of humour.’
- ‘No, I didn't do the chicken dance or anything so droll.’
- ‘They were as droll as when I saw them back in February.’
- ‘But just as often, the movie is droll, filled with pithy, hardboiled comebacks.’
- ‘The duke was characteristically droll about his political career.’
- ‘If you're looking for a nice enough, quirky and droll adventure film that you won't remember on Monday, then here's your movie.’
- ‘He made the tasting far less arduous than his younger, more dashing, but decidedly less droll counterpart who was running the show this time around.’
- ‘Many of the show's laughs derive from Lee's droll determination to take the ditty literally: how can an owl play a small guitar?’
- ‘The tabloids did their thing, were quite droll about it.’
- ‘No matter how serious the topics, there will always be instances when it's impossible not to smile, so droll are the minimalist observations and asides.’
- ‘Of course, the jokes are all on backwoods Southerners, so if that isn't an amusing subject to you, don't pick up this droll satire.’
- ‘They're droll, yet morbid, featuring amusing little colorful happy people behaving with perfect presence of mind as their 747 ditches into the Atlantic.’
- ‘Surely the man who dispatched such droll rejection slips to thousands of chagrined writers should not be too dismayed to find himself paid back in kind-albeit with, as editors are wont to say, sincere regrets.’
- ‘The running commentary is informative and amusingly droll.’
- ‘Ferguson was sympathetic enough about his stricken team-mate, but could not resist a bit of droll humour.’
- ‘The whole scenario is rather droll at this point.’
- ‘The use of old cut-out photographs of the main protagonists, against backcloths, is a neat stylistic device and Evans' narration is droll and knowing.’
- ‘The decorations alone, often of densely packed plants and flowers with a symbolic significance now lost on most of us, are astonishingly imaginative, sometimes bawdy and often droll.’
- ‘He's rather droll when he frames his request, but it's a sincere one.’
A jester or entertainer; a buffoon.
humorist, comedian, comedienne, comic, funny man, funny woman, wag, wit, jesterView synonyms
- ‘When English replaced Cornish as the language of Cornwall, the drolls' stories began to die out as the Cornish drolls died.’
Early 17th century (as an adjective): from French drôle, perhaps from Middle Dutch drolle ‘imp, goblin’.
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