droll [droʊl] a.
1.) Intentionally facetious, amusing, comical, funny.
2.) Unintentionally amusing; queer, quaint, odd, strange, ‘funny’.
droll [droʊl] n.
1.) A funny or waggish fellow; a merry-andrew, buffoon, jester, humorist.
droll [droʊl] v. t.
1.) To make sport or fun; to jest, joke; to play the buffoon. Construed with 'with', 'at', 'on', 'upon'.
2.) To jest (a thing) away, off; to bring forth after the manner of a jester or buffoon (Oxford English Dictionary 2nd Edition).
Etymology: French drôle, buffoon, from Old French drolle, bon vivant, possibly from Middle Dutch drol, goblin.
" Boris: We're here to see the Emperor.
Guard: Who is calling?
Boris: [Laughs nervously] Who is calling?
Sonja: [Laughs] Ooh, well that's droll!
Boris: Droll, yes. Apparently he's not familiar with the list of the hundred most important Spanishers.
Sonja: Yes, it is only Don Francesco and his sister.
Boris: Yes, this is the...the Donessa.
Sonja: We have an appointment with Napoleon.
Boris: That's right. Napoleon Bonaparte, the noted international tyrant" (Love and Death, Woody Allen, 1975).
I tried to give my blog a little more sex appeal yesterday after noticing how good DEZMOND's Hollywood Spy looks. Let me know what you guys think (I put some pictures on the right, if you scroll down). James Murray, for those who don't know, was one of the first editors of the OED. Thanks for reading!