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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DROLLNESS

The drollness of the situation was in danger of overcoming him again.

The dance was an eccentric mixture of drollness, innocence, and wildness.

Mr. Fielding looked as if Dick's drollness did not appeal to him, but the Bishop laughed, and put his arm around her.

He looked different, more staid and respectable, but his drollness of speech and kindly manner were the same as ever.

They loved him for his simplicity and drollness, but there hung above him a great sword of suspended judgment.

WORD ORIGIN

1620s, from French drôle "odd, comical, funny" (1580s), in Middle French a noun meaning "a merry fellow," possibly from Middle Dutch drol "fat little fellow, goblin," or Middle High German trolle "clown," ultimately from Old Norse troll "giant, troll" (see troll (n.)). Related: Drolly; drollish.

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