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droll


  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Droll  \Droll\,  n. 
  1.  One  whose  practice  it  is  to  raise  mirth  by  odd  tricks;  a 
  jester;  a  buffoon;  a  merry-andrew.  --Prior. 
 
  2.  Something  exhibited  to  raise  mirth  or  sport,  as  a  puppet, 
  a  farce,  and  the  like 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Droll  \Droll\,  a.  [Compar.  {Droller};  superl.  {Drollest}.]  [F. 
  dr[^o]le;  cf  G.  &  D.  drollig,  LG  drullig  D.  drol  a  thick 
  and  short  person,  a  droll,  Sw  troll  a  magical  appearance, 
  demon,  trolla  to  use  magic  arts,  enchant,  Dan.  trold  elf, 
  imp,  Icel.  tr["o]ll  giant,  magician,  evil  spirit,  monster.  If 
  this  is  the  origin,  cf  {Trull}.] 
  Queer,  and  fitted  to  provoke  laughter;  ludicrous  from  oddity; 
  amusing  and  strange. 
 
  Syn:  Comic;  comical;  farcical;  diverting;  humorous; 
  ridiculous;  queer;  odd;  waggish;  facetious;  merry; 
  laughable;  ludicrous.  --  {Droll},  {Laughable}, 
  {Comical}.  Laughable  is  the  generic  term,  denoting 
  anything  exciting  laughter  or  worthy  of  laughter; 
  comical  denotes  something  of  the  kind  exhibited  in 
  comedies,  something  humorous  of  the  kind  exhibited  in 
  comedies,  something  as  it  were  dramatically  humorous; 
  droll  stands  lower  on  the  scale,  having  reference  to 
  persons  or  things  which  excite  laughter  by  their 
  buffoonery  or  oddity.  A  laughable  incident;  a  comical 
  adventure;  a  droll  story. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Droll  \Droll\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Drolled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Drolling}.] 
  To  jest;  to  play  the  buffoon.  [R.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Droll  \Droll\,  v.  t. 
  1.  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  --L'Estrange. 
 
  2.  To  make  a  jest  of  to  set  in  a  comical  light.  [R.] 
 
  This  drolling  everything  is  rather  fatiguing.  --  W. 
  D.  Howells. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  droll 
  adj  :  comical  in  an  odd  or  whimsical  manner;  "a  droll  little  man 
  with  a  quiet  tongue-in-cheek  kind  of  humor" 




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