Sportive vs Droll - What's the difference?

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Sportive is a related term of droll.


As adjectives the difference between sportive and droll

is that sportive is gay; frolicsome; merry while droll is oddly humorous; whimsical, amusing in a quaint way; waggish.

As nouns the difference between sportive and droll

is that sportive is (cycling) cyclosportive while droll is (archaic) a buffoon.

As a verb droll is

(archaic) to joke, to jest.

sportive

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • gay; frolicsome; merry
  • Is it I / That drive thee from the sportive court? — Shakespeare.
  • Playful, coltish.
  • Interested in sport.
  • Sporty, good at sport.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (cycling) cyclosportive
  • * 2012 , July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited, Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
  • Such incidents, part of the cherished mythology of the Tour's early years, are rare in modern cycling, although a 62-year-old local councillor was arrested and subsequently released after tacks had been scattered during the 2009 Etape Caledonia, a sportive held on closed roads in Scotland, causing countless punctures among the 3,500 riders.

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    droll

    English

    Adjective

    (er)
  • oddly humorous; whimsical, amusing in a quaint way; waggish
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * drollery * drolly * drollness

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A buffoon
  • * , Episode 12, The Cyclops
  • Our two inimitable drolls did a roaring trade with their broadsheets among lovers of the comedy element and nobody who has a corner in his heart for real Irish fun without vulgarity will grudge them their hardearned pennies.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (archaic) To joke, to jest.
  • * 1886 , Robert Louise Stevenson, Kidnapped
  • "Eh, man," said I, drolling with him a little, "you're very ingenious! But would it not be simpler for you to write him a few words in black and white?

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