Origin and Etymology of wry
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of wry
- a wry nose
- a wry smile
- a wry wit
wrylyplay \ˈrī-lē\ adverb
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.”
Recent Examples of wry from the Web
Not long after she was granted her citizenship, an Arabic hashtag that translates to #Sophia_calls_for_dropping_guardianship was trending on Saudi social media, accompanied by many a wry joke.
Both construct a rigorous argument for the entirely worldly benefits of meditating every day; but Bob surpasses even Sam’s in his wry, self-deprecating, and brutally empirical guide to the avoidance of suffering.
In the art world, the work is seen as a wry domestic commentary on a muscular sculptural tradition.
His wry delivery foreshadowed an evening of minimal stage banter and relatively stoic stage presence; only a few times did the frontman begrudgingly clap his hands during instrumental breaks and bid the audience to join him.
After his victory, Riggs turned into the wry toast of the sporting world.
Adapted from the 1996 Minnesota Book Award-winning novel, this touching drama covers familiar topics about white and Indian relations with refreshing levels of awkward honesty and wry humor.
New Donk City is Nintendo's gift to social media, the mainsail on the odd ship that is Super Mario Odyssey and kindling for wry Reddit jokes like this one.
As the nephew Casey Affleck's Lee Chandler is pressured into looking after, Lucas Hedges gives the movie a wry energy that keeps the proceedings from getting too dour.
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First Known Use of wry
WRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of wry for English Language Learners
: humorous in a clever and often ironic way
: showing both amusement and a feeling of being tired, annoyed, etc.
WRY Defined for Kids
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