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[droh-luh-ree] /ˈdroʊ lə ri/
noun, plural drolleries.
something whimsically amusing or funny.
an oddly amusing story or jest.
a droll quality or manner; whimsical humor.
the action or behavior of a droll, waggish person; jesting.
a comic picture.
Archaic. a puppet show.
1590-1600; droll + -ery; compare French drôlerie Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drollery
  • Despite a plot that has few interesting twists and a shoestring budget, the film glimmers with moments of drollery.
  • She has captured perfectly the improvised tone of the comedy, and she plays it with spirit and drollery.
  • Seeming to suspect no drollery, no scorn, no scarcely suppressed laughter behind his back.
British Dictionary definitions for drollery


noun (pl) -eries
humour; comedy
(rare) a droll act, story, or remark
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Word Origin and History for drollery

1590s, from French drôlerie (16c.), from drôle (see droll).

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Encyclopedia Article for drollery


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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