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I suppose that the speaker means: "What an incredible notion of friendship you have!". The phrase "drôle de" meaning "incredible/terrific" can be used sarcastically?

  • Tout à fait : "Drôle d'oiseau celui-là !"
    – Personne
    May 12, 2016 at 20:29

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Drôle can have two meanings depending on the context : the most common one is "amusant, comique", and a less used one is "bizarre, curieux". I would translate drôle in this sentence by "weird" or "strange".

This second meaning is often implied by the use of "un drôle de" + noun.To answer your question, not only "drôle de" can be used sarcastically but it is specifically used to suggest a sarcastic meaning.

Un homme drôle : a funny guy / Un drôle d'homme (or better : un drôle de bonhomme): a strange guy

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    Bel exemple ! ;)
    – Random
    May 13, 2016 at 10:33
  • I totally agree that putting drôle before or after changes the meaning; I'd have put that example if I'd thought of it :)
    – Law29
    May 13, 2016 at 11:12

I would translate your sentence as

Funny notion of friendship you have there!

In fact I wonder where you got the translation "drôle de" as meaning "incredible/terrific". "Drôle" means "funny", amusing, and is is quite often used sarcastically, just as in English.

  • "In fact" or "Actually" ? :)
    – Random
    May 13, 2016 at 7:09
  • @Law29 Quant à « D'où provient l'idée de le sens "incredible/terrific" ? », j'ai cru le tenir de bonne source. Peut-être que cette définition n'est pas tout à fait correcte, après tout ? collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/french-english/dr%C3%B4le
    – Merissa
    May 13, 2016 at 19:15
  • The examples are good, in these cases you would translate by (for example) incredible . . . remembering that incredible means cannot be believed, or in these cases perchance almost too bizarre to be believed . . . translation is a funny business!
    – Law29
    May 13, 2016 at 23:39

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