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droll

adjective

Definition: amusing or humorous in an odd or whimsical way

Synonyms: amusing, waggish, comical, whimsical, [amusingly] odd, wry

Antonyms: unremarkable, serious, sad

Tips: The word droll describes something humorous, though not necessarily laugh-out-loud funny. It's a more sophisticated way of saying "amusing" and is often used in an almost condescending way. To help you remember the word droll, think of a very snobby person looking at a troll doll, and in a snooty way saying, "Oh my, isn't that a droll (amusing) little doll."

Usage Examples:

He has a droll sense of humor and always catches me off guard with his wry remarks. (wry, waggish)

The actor who played the clown was a droll little man. (amusing, odd)

The gift wasn't meant to be serious; I bought it because it was droll. (comical, whimsical)

The child amused us with droll comedy sketches. (comical, amusing)


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