droll

Need a mental picture for the word droll? Think of one of those cute-homely troll dolls — blend those two words together — "doll" and "troll" — and you get droll, a description of a figure that is adorably strange and whimsically cute.

The word droll comes from the archaic French word drolle, referring to a jolly good fellow. The French word comes perhaps from the Middle Dutch drolle, or "imp." The word came into English as both noun ("funny person, buffoon") and adjective ("funny, quaint, strange") in the 17th century.

Definitions of droll
  1. adjective
    comical in an odd or whimsical manner
    “a droll little man with a quiet tongue-in-cheek kind of humor”
    Synonyms:
    humorous, humourous
    full of or characterized by humor
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