But even about his drollest characters there is a pathetic tenderness which touches the heart.
It is the drollest mode of assuming a family name I ever heard of.
He never tired of hearing of their youthful frolics and fun; but Charlie's running away seemed the drollest of all.
He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest "phiz" in dogdom.
It's not only funny; it's the drollest thing I ever heard in my life.
The drollest thing, however, was to see him take his turn at hiding.
He thought Sir Andrew the drollest fellow that he had seen for many a day.
Oh, yes; I am forgetting the drollest of all: that was Humbug.
Those five-franc pieces, however, he always put to the drollest uses.
The drollest specimen of waggery that ever emanated from that drollest of men, Burton.
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.