droll

[drohl]
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:
1615–25; < Middle French drolle pleasant rascal < Middle Dutch drol a fat little man

drollness, noun
drolly, adverb


1. diverting, odd, witty. See amusing. 2, 3. clown.


1. serious.
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droll (drəʊl)
 
adj
amusing in a quaint or odd manner; comical
 
[C17: from French drôle scamp, from Middle Dutch: imp]
 
'drollness
 
n
 
'drolly
 
adv

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droll
1620s, from Fr. drole "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 (n.)).
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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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Example sentences
The collage-and-paint illustrations of the mice are droll.
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With a pinch of the tongue-in-cheek and a pound of perseverance, this droll
  wolf story is a charmer.
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