Word of the Day Archive
Saturday May 4, 2013
1. amusing in an odd way; whimsically humorous; waggish.
1. a droll person; jester; wag.
1. Archaic. to jest; joke.
Adah would, of course, say something more droll, such as “Why, Rachel, your interest in personal hygiene has truly become a higher calling.”
-- Barbara Kingslover, The Poisonwood Bible, 1998
It’s a droll juxtaposition, and it denotes Ms. Drury as a product of our multitasking, wide-sampling age.
-- Rob Weinert-Kendt, "Writes Well With Others," The New York Times, April 16, 2013
Droll originally comes from the Middle Dutch word drol referring to "a fat little man." The word came to English through the French droll which meant "pleasant rascal."