Drollery Droll"er*y, n.; pl. {Drolleries}. [F. dr[^o]lerie. See {Droll}.] 1. The quality of being droll; sportive tricks; buffoonery; droll stories; comical gestures or manners. [1913 Webster]

The rich drollery of ``She Stoops to Conquer.'' -- Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. Something which serves to raise mirth; as: (a) A puppet show; also, a puppet. [Obs.] --Shak. (b) A lively or comic picture. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

I bought an excellent drollery, which I afterward parted with to my brother George of Wotton. -- Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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