- The definition of wry is a mocking, biting or sarcastic sort of humor, or an unpleasant facial expression used to indicate displeasure.
- An example of wry humor is a sarcastic joke.
- An example of a wry expression is when you wrinkle up your face when you taste something you dislike.
wry definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English wrien, to twist, bend ; from Old English wrigian, to turn, twist, akin to Old Frisian wrigia, to bend, stoop ; from Indo-European an unverified form wreik- (from source Classical Latin rica, head veil) ; from base an unverified form wer-, to turn, bend
wry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective wri·er or wry·er, wri·est or wry·est
- Dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony.
- Temporarily twisted in an expression of distaste or displeasure: made a wry face.
- Abnormally twisted or bent to one side; crooked: a wry nose.
- Being at variance with what is right, proper, or suitable; perverse.
Origin: From Middle English wrien, to turn, from Old English wrīgian; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- wryˈly adverb
- wryˈness noun