droll

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj droll comical in an odd or whimsical manner "a droll little man with a quiet tongue-in-cheek kind of humor"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Droll One whose practice it is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester; a buffoon; a merry-andrew.
    • Droll Something exhibited to raise mirth or sport, as a puppet, a farce, and the like.
    • v. i Droll To jest; to play the buffoon.
    • Droll To lead or influence by jest or trick; to banter or jest; to cajole. "Men that will not be reasoned into their senses, may yet be laughed or drolled into them."
    • Droll To make a jest of; to set in a comical light. "This drolling everything is rather fatiguing."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n droll A waggish fellow; one whose practice or occupation is to raise mirth by odd tricks; a jester, merry-andrew, or buffoon.
    • n droll A farce; a dramatic entertainment intended to amuse.
    • droll Waggish; facetious; comical.
    • droll Ludicrous; queer; laughable; ridiculous: as, a droll story; a droll scene.
    • droll Synonyms Comical, Funny, etc. (see ludicrous); amusing, farcical, waggish, fantastic, whimsical.
    • droll To jest; play the buffoon.
    • droll To lead or influence by jest or trick; cajole.
    • droll To turn into a jest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Droll drōl odd: amusing: laughable
    • n Droll one who excites mirth: a jester
    • v.i Droll to practise drollery: to jest
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Quotations

  • Mclandburgh Wilson
    Mclandburgh Wilson
    “Between the optimist and the pessimist, the difference is droll. The optimist sees the doughnut; the pessimist the hole!”

Usage

In literature:

Dear godfather, it is very droll the fashion you do to make silver in Amerique!
"Deer Godchild" by Marguerite Bernard and Edith Serrell
The arrogance of the bears that couldn't be shot once led to a droll and also exciting episode.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
It is droll to look back upon the movement which led public opinion to prefer a stockjobber to a gallant soldier.
"Rides on Railways" by Samuel Sidney
Parks was, by the way, very droll in his remarks about theatrical matters.
"Stage Confidences" by Clara Morris
What a droll meeting!
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Vol. XV., No. 85. January, 1875." by Various
In them you sit down to warm your wits at the glow of a droll, delightful, unique mind.
"Mince Pie" by Christopher Darlington Morley
Well, it's a droll coincidence!
"A Love Episode" by Emile Zola
Droll fellows of a pretty wit giggled and asked who would mind the baby while the madam went out to vote.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
I've seen him walk into a crowd of sawin' rowdies and tell some droll yarn and bust them all up.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
How droll to meet like this!
"Max" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
Perhaps he thought it droll that a priest should interest himself in such a matter.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
These "silent talks" were quite droll.
"Little Prudy's Sister Susy" by Sophie May
The case is strongest for drolls of this kind.
"More English Fairy Tales" by Various
Altogether, these seemed to me droll people, they said so little, and, saving the small German, were so serenely grave.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science" by Various
Ah, such a droll idiot!
"54-40 or Fight" by Emerson Hough
And," he added, with that droll touch in his voice, "I must say I rarely disappoint them.
"When A Man's A Man" by Harold Bell Wright
It was so out of keeping with his particular kind of self-respect that he found it almost droll.
"The Street Called Straight" by Basil King
Little Tad had been so droll that day.
"His Family" by Ernest Poole
Original expressions, just similitudes, striking phrases, quaint or droll ideas welled in his mind without the slightest effort.
"London to Ladysmith via Pretoria" by Winston Spencer Churchill
This has happened to the oldest inhabitants, about whom many droll stories have been told.
"A Source Book Of Australian History" by Compiled by Gwendolen H. Swinburne
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In poetry:

If ever they were dull or sad,
Their captain danced to them like mad,
Or told, to make the time pass by,
Droll legends of his infancy.
"Captain Reece" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Ah, prithee friend, if thou has ought
Of love and kind regard for me
Tell not you bore the stories droll
That yesternight I told to thee.
"The Bore" by C J Dennis
She bites her "mammy," scratches "nurse,"
And makes droll mouths at "pappy;"
We can but love the roguish thing,
She looks so bright and happy.
"Our Helen" by Effie Afton
"I wish the moralists would thresh
(Indeed the thing is very droll)
God's oldest joke, forever fresh:
The fact that in the finest flesh
There isn't any soul."
"The Cloak Model" by John Crowe Ransom
Then here's to our Jack from my heart and soul,
Let's drink to his health, let's finish the bowl.
May we, hear our Jack with his laughter droll,
And awake in the Bush some fine morning.
"Our Jack" by Anonymous Oceania
Puss shook like a leaf, in her boots,
But said, "It is very droll!
Now, please, if you can, change into a mouse!"
He did. And she swallowed him whole!
Then, as the king and his suite appeared,
She stood on the palace porch and cheered.
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Droll stage chemistry from the perfect indie pair.
Vernon — Evelyn Droll of Ina will celebrate her 90th birthday on Sept 27.
Evelyn Droll to celebrate 90th birthday.
Droll, but humorous, on ethics, gratitude.
From droll to optimistic in the face of adversity, Marshall County's leaders and residents carried on last week with a sense of humor that's worth sharing now.
British tykes (Lil Woods, left, Asa Butterfield, and Oscar Steer) come under the care of droll Nanny McPhee (Emma Thompson).
That's the premise behind a droll Web site recently launched by a couple of Washington-based friends.
Mike Birbiglia is a droll, often very funny comedian whose best moments frequently involve his own life – or his own life as he sees it.
The indie-rock godfathers celebrate two decades of droll devotion.
Droll stage chemistry from the perfect indie pair.
As depicted in "The Sessions," Mark O'Brien was a mostly happy man with a droll and infectious sense of humor.
One Slight Hitch is droll when it ought to be funny and hollow when it should be heartwarming.
Droll, but humorous, on ethics, gratitude.
"13 Words" is a winning combination of Lemony Snicket's wry narrative tone and Maira Kalman's droll pictures.
COLUMBIA — Nicole Monnier uses a droll metaphor to describe what it's like to be a non-tenure-track faculty member at MU: They're like Canadians.
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