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
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.
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.
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.
After his victory, Riggs turned into the wry toast of the sporting world.
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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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