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
Paul Thomas Anderson went relatively small for his latest effort, a funny and wry chamber drama dressed up in couture.
These passages, staged with Mr. Chong’s typically wry wit, are jazzier and more satirical than a Wikipedia entry, but not a lot more profound.
The wry wit which endeared him to Michigan State fans trickled out as family members chuckled in the back of the room.
Parenthood alum Mae Whitman could make a good Patricia, a woman with a wry smile and a killer sense of humor.
Legendary artist Jimmie Durham, long famed for his anti-colonialist stance and wry take on Native American identity, sustained claims of fraudulence against his own Cherokee ancestry.
Weiss also adds a royal page, Vincent (Kimo Camat), who keeps the action moving with wry narration.
Daraghmeh, a 17-year-old with olive skin and a wry smile, wore blue Converse sneakers, a black-and-white flannel shirt, and a dark headscarf.
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.
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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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