Origin and Etymology of wry
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
There’s Blanchett’s wry right-hand woman, shaking her head with impressed amusement at Debbie’s determination.
One lyric simultaneously submerges a character deep into a pool of feeling while also preserving his wry detachment from it.
The guy looks remarkably like Snoop Dogg: skinny enough for a Vogue advertisement, lean-faced with a wry expression, long braids.
Maarleveld, who was partially raised in New Zealand, offers up a natural-sounding Australian accent as Mrs. Bobs; most of the novel's humor, wry and sometimes sarcastic, comes through her observant eye.
There’s often something wry about his genre film experiments, a kind of James Franco-on-a-soap-opera quality that is supposed to be a higher being earnestly appreciating a lower form—but often instead seems like stunty slumming.
Breaking the movie into distinct acts, Anderson weaves in an abundance of wry humor, such as Goldblum's character always having some titillating new gossip to share that he's picked up via the dog grapevine.
The roster also featured its share of offbeat characters, from wry New Englander Mike Flanagan to one of the least likely World Series MVPs in history, catcher Rick Dempsey.
Inside and out, the house is full of French effects and decorative stone --– most real, some clever trompe l’oeil, some with a wry wink.
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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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