Word for Wednesday: Droll

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Our Word for Wednesday theme for November is other words for funny.

If something is funny, it means that it provokes laughter. The word has been used in English since 1756 and comes from the word ‘fun-‘ and the suffix ‘-y'. 'Fun' comes from the Middle English ‘fonnen’ meaning ‘befool’.

Last week we looked at the word amusing and today’s word is droll. If something is droll, it means it is funny in an unexpected and dry way.

Here is droll used in some example sentences:

  • He enjoyed droll satire.
  • Her expression was droll when she told him he was her hero.

 Droll dates to the 1620s and comes from the French ‘drôle’ meaning ‘odd, comical, or funny’.

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