verb \ˈrī\

Definition of WRY

intransitive verb
:  twist, writhe
transitive verb
:  to pull out of or as if out of proper shape :  make awry

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

Rhymes with WRY



: humorous in a clever and often ironic way

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

wry·er \ˈrī(-ə)r\ wry·est \ˈrī-əst\

Full Definition of WRY

:  having a bent or twisted shape or condition <a wry smile>; also :  turned abnormally to one side <a wry neck>
:  wrongheaded 1
:  cleverly and often ironically or grimly humorous
wry·ly \ˈrī-lē\ adverb
wry·ness noun

Examples of WRY

  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.

First Known Use of WRY

15th century


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