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I appreciate her droll sense of humor.
  comical in an odd way


comical — while clever and understated
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droll drolly
The sense of "comical — while clever and understated" is also (and some would say more properly) referred to as a "dry sense of humor."  Unfortunately, droll is less useful because so many people use it to refer to a "dry sense of humor" that one can no longer know exactly what someone is saying when the word is used.
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  • I appreciate her droll sense of humor.
  • I can usually count on a droll tweet a week from her.
  • Everything about her was droll—her drawling, wisecracking husky voice, the way she cocked her head to look at you with bright brown eyes from under her mop, even the way she held her ever-present cigarette, wrist flexed and ready for gesture.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • How droll!
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • "Do I know any West—oh, Farm Boy, it’s you, how droll!"
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • But his gift was not mimicry alone; what emanated from him so drolly was the product of dazzling invention.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Unlike stone-faced Mr. Pavlikovsky he was quite talkative, full of jokes or anekdoty as he called them, which he told in a droll, rapid-fire monotone.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • "Uh-huh," Aria said drolly, watching him scamper away, his boxers slowly sliding down to reveal his pale, defined-from-running butt.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Mrs. Linton eyed him with a droll expression — half angry, half laughing at his fastidiousness.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It re’lly was droll to think on ’t.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin

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  • He is so droll, that Samson.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • A natural comedian, he never waited for the laugh that he knew must follow his droll statements.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • As to Porthos, that is certainly droll; but I am not the less a giddy fool.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • How droll the stains one sees on fine-laced doublets, From gall of envy, or the poltroon’s drivel!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • "It is very droll," said Zephine.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He has a long pedigree, a crooked tail and the drollest "phiz" in dogdom.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • "Great!" he said, bobbing instantly to the surface again, his wet hair plastered in droll bangs on his forehead.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • Eragon noted how bright and intelligent its eyes were, though its face was rather droll with its frosty beard and somber expression.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Kim is so the opposite of that, so droll and funny in a low-key way that she’s always having to say "just kidding" to people who don’t get her sarcastic sense of humor, that I cannot imagine her ever being like her mother.
    Gayle Forman  --  If I Stay
  • Why! what a droll name!
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • His droll expression seemed to say that he had found the secret of contentment.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Oftener than once her coming had interrupted the droll story with which Robert was entertaining some amused group of married women.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • A wicked rascal, Ned, but droll!
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Then he recounted an episode in which the husband played the part of the lover, and he—the lover—assumed the role of the husband, as well as several droll incidents from his recollections of Germany, where "shelter" is called Unterkunft and where the husbands eat sauerkraut and the young girls are "too blonde."
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • At other times the old man would tell them stories of robberies he had committed in his younger days: mixed up with so much that was droll and curious, that Oliver could not help laughing heartily, and showing that he was amused in spite of all his better feelings.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • Knips took it readily, and after turning it about, and sniffing and smelling it, he popped it into his mouth, with such a droll grimace of delight and satisfaction that the boys all laughed and clapped their hands, crying ’Bravo, Knips!
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • It’s the droll way he comes out with the things.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • "How extraordinarily droll you are!" he said.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • Imagine all contradictions, all possible incompatibilities—you will find them in the government, in the law-courts, in the churches, in the public shows of this droll nation.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • "But what is it all about?" she said, with such genuine and droll wonder.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Mrs. Fanning rolled her hips in a droll way like someone trying to keep up a Hula-Hoop.
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • She made a droll face at Emil, who flushed.
    Willa Cather  --  O Pioneers!
  • He was a regular devil, and a very disorderly one, who made Dom Claude scowl; but very droll and very subtle, which made the big brother smile.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • For the old lady was in the middle of her story, and long before it was done, Jo was off again, making more droll revelations and committing still more fearful blunders.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "Imagine my surprise," Jess added drolly, "when I was her last resort."
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • There now; you see how droll he is.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Later, some of the people who worked in the lab would say they were the kind of couple that is easy to like—intelligent and attractive and funny in a droll, ironic kind of way—and that much is immediately obvious from the videotape Gottman made of their visit.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • He was off laughing again, and he did it so drolly that Emmy laughed too.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • A droll idea that!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There was not a single point in which we differed; I would not have had you by for the world; you are such a sly thing, I am sure you would have made some droll remark or other about it.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • I laughed in spite of myself all the time, the whole thing was so droll; and yet I had a latent impression that there was something decidedly fine in Mr. Wopsle’s elocution,—not for old associations’ sake, I am afraid, but because it was very slow, very dreary, very up-hill and down-hill, and very unlike any way in which any man in any natural circumstances of life or death ever expressed himself about anything.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It was for a laugh, for a laugh, all the kids had laughed and laughed, and the droll tuba player of the old Elk’s band had rendered it solo on his helical horn; with comical flourishes and doleful phrasing, "Boo boo boo booooo, Poor Robin clean"-a mock funeral dirge . But who was Robin and for what had he been hurt and humiliated?
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • "A nonentity, sir?" said Richard with a droll look.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Stories began to crop up—those ever-enduring, droll stories which form the major portion of the conversation among American men under such circumstances.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • She showed it step by step and room by room and secret by secret, with droll, delightful, childish talk about it and with the result, in half an hour, of our becoming immense friends.
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • "Freddie, you are so droll," she replied.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Body number four, under dreary pretences of being droll (when it was very melancholy indeed), made the shallowest pretences of concealing pitfalls of knowledge, into which it was the duty of these babies to be smuggled and inveigled.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • "Very droll," I said.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • It is a droll little church.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Bea was droll in her attempt to be at once a respectful servant and a bosom friend.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
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Associated words [difficulty]:   droll [3] , wry [1] , sardonic [3] , jocular [4] , whimsical [4] , facetious [5] , mordant [8]
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