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wry

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verb \ˈrī\

Definition of wry

wried

wrying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  twist, writhe

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to pull out of or as if out of proper shape :  make awry



Origin and Etymology of wry

Middle English wrien, from Old English wrigian to turn; akin to Middle High German rigel kerchief wound around the head, Greek rhiknos shriveled, Avestan urvisyeiti he turns


First Known Use: 14th century


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wry

adjective

Simple Definition of wry

  • : humorous in a clever and often ironic way

  • : showing both amusement and a feeling of being tired, annoyed, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of wry

wryer

play \ˈrī(-ə)r\

wryest

play \ˈrī-əst\
  1. 1 :  having a bent or twisted shape or condition <a wry smile>; also :  turned abnormally to one side <a wry neck>

  2. 2 :  wrongheaded 1

  3. 3 :  cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous

wryly

play \ˈrī-lē\ adverb

wryness

noun

Examples of wry in a sentence

  1. His books are noted for their wry humor.

  2. When I asked her how she felt after winning the race, she gave me a wry smile and said, Pretty tired.



15th Century

First Known Use of wry

15th century

Rhymes with wry


WRY Defined for Kids

wry

play
adjective \ˈrī\

Definition of wry for Students

wryer

wryest

  1. 1 :  funny in a clever or ironic way <a wry remark>

  2. 2 :  expressing irony <a wry smile>




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