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wry

play
verb \ˈrī\

Definition of wry

wriedwry·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  twist, writhe

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  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


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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.

Full Definition of wry

wry·er play \ˈrī(-ə)r\ wry·est 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

wry·ly play \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.



15th Century

First Known Use of wry

15th century


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