from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A comical or whimsical quality.
- n. A comical or whimsical way of acting, talking, or behaving.
- n. The act of joking; clowning.
- n. Something, such as a story, that is comical or whimsical.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. comical quality.
- n. amusing behaviour.
- n. something humorous, funny or comical.
- n. a puppet show; a comic play or entertainment; a comic picture; a caricature.
- n. a joke; a funny story.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being droll; sportive tricks; buffoonery; droll stories; comical gestures or manners.
- n. Something which serves to raise mirth.
- n. A puppet show; also, a puppet.
- n. A lively or comic picture.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The conduct of a droll, buffoon, or wag; something done to raise mirth; sportive tricks; buffoonery; fun.
- n. The character of being droll; comicalness; humor.
- n. Comical action, as in a dramatic representation; something used or done to excite mirth.
- n. A comic picture.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a comic incident or series of incidents
- n. a quaint and amusing jest
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Daumier handled them with a want of ceremony which would have been brutal were it not for the element of science in his work, making them immense and unmistakable in their drollery, or at least in their grotesqueness; for the term drollery suggests gayety, and Daumier is anything but gay.
Stubbs was a very emphatic little man, but his emphasis only roused the idea of drollery in the minds of those whom he addressed, and rather influenced them towards leniency.
From Kirkman's book, which is now highly prized from its rarity, it appears that the "drollery" entitled "The Bouncing Knight, or the Robbers Robbed," is, in truth, a famous adventure of Sir John
There was a kind of drollery about Mrs. Freke, which, with some people, made the odd things she said pass for wit.
There was a kind of drollery about Mrs Freke, which, with some people, made the odd things she said pass for wit.
It is true the fellow told this in a kind of drollery and mirth; but the fact, for all that, is certainly true; and that they have abundance of wives by that very means.
Govermint; "no less admirable for the political acumen they display than for a caustic drollery, which is enforced with shrewd Yankee humour, and in the singular phraseology current amongst 'Uncle Sam's' kindred.
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"In one sense it merits all you say, and more," rejoined the other with wonted mildness, "but, for a kind of drollery in it, charity might, perhaps, overlook something of the wickedness.
a kind of drollery, alfo, and of farcafm, fomewhat rough and unpoHfhed, yet on the whole cheerful and not ill-natured, frequently prefents iifelf.