Origin 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
Simple Definition of wry
: humorous in a clever and often ironic way
: showing both amusement and a feeling of being tired, annoyed, etc.
Examples of wry in a sentence
His books are noted for their wry humor.
When I asked her how she felt after winning the race, she gave me a wry smile and said, “Pretty tired.”
First Known Use of wry
WRY Defined for Kids
Definition of wry for Students
1 : funny in a clever or ironic way <a wry remark>
2 : expressing irony <a wry smile>
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