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droll

[drohl] /droʊl/
adjective, droller, drollest.
1.
amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
noun
2.
a droll person; jester; wag.
verb (used without object)
3.
Archaic. to jest; joke.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Middle French drolle pleasant rascal < Middle Dutch drol a fat little man
Related forms
drollness, noun
drolly, adverb
Synonyms
1. diverting, odd, witty. See amusing. 2, 3. clown.
Antonyms
1. serious.
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British Dictionary definitions for droll

droll

/drəʊl/
adjective
1.
amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
Derived Forms
drollness, noun
drolly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French drôle scamp, from Middle Dutch: imp
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Word Origin and History for droll
adj.

1620s, from French drôle "odd, comical, funny" (1580s), in Middle French a noun meaning "a merry fellow," possibly from Middle Dutch drol "fat little fellow, goblin," or Middle High German trolle "clown," ultimately from Old Norse troll "giant, troll" (see troll (n.)). Related: Drolly; drollish.

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Encyclopedia Article for droll

short comic scene or farce adapted from an existing play or created by actors, performed in England during the period of the Civil Wars and the Commonwealth (1642-60) while the London theatres were closed down by the Puritans. Because stage plays were prohibited at this time, actors developed other, shorter means of entertainment to circumvent the restrictions, performing drolls in inns and at fairs on improvised stages

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