droll

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Etymology[edit]

From French drôle (comical, odd, funny), from drôle (buffoon) from Middle French drolle (a merry fellow, pleasant rascal) from Old French drolle (one who lives luxuriously), from Middle Dutch drol (fat little man, goblin) from Old Norse troll (giant, troll) (compare Middle High German trolle (clown)), from Proto-Germanic *truzlą (creature which walks clumsily), from *truzlaną (to walk with short steps). Doublet of troll.

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droll (comparative droller, superlative drollest)

  1. Oddly humorous; whimsical, amusing in a quaint way; waggish.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:witty

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Noun[edit]

droll (plural drolls)

  1. (archaic) A buffoon.
    • 1922 February, James Joyce, “[Episode 12: The Cyclops]”, in Ulysses, Paris: Shakespeare & Co.; Sylvia Beach, OCLC 560090630; republished London: Published for the Egoist Press, London by John Rodker, Paris, October 1922, OCLC 2297483, page 294:
      Our two inimitable drolls did a roaring trade with their broadsheets among lovers of the comedy element and nobody who has a corner in his heart for real Irish fun without vulgarity will grudge them their hardearned pennies.

Verb[edit]

droll (third-person singular simple present drolls, present participle drolling, simple past and past participle drolled)

  1. (archaic) To jest, to joke.

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droll n (genitive singular drolls, no plural)

  1. dawdling, loitering

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