Wry definition

(archaic) Abnormally twisted or bent to one side; crooked.

A wry nose.

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(archaic) Turned or bent to one side; twisted.
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Temporarily twisted in an expression of distaste or displeasure.

Made a wry face.

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To writhe or twist.
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Funny in an understated, sarcastic, or ironic way.

A wry sense of humor.

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Made by twisting or distorting the features.

A wry face.

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(rare) Distorted, as in meaning.
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Dry, ironic, sardonic, etc.

Wry humor.

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Turned away, contorted (of the face or body).

A wry mouth.

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Dryly humorous; sardonic or ironic.
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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.

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(obsolete) To cover; clothe; cover up; cloak; hide.
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To twist or contort (the body, face etc.).
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Deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
wry
Comparative:
wrier
Superlative:
wriest

Origin of wry

  • From Middle English wrien to turn from Old English wrīgian wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English wrien, from Old English wrÄ«Ä¡ian (“to go, turn, twist, bend, strive, struggle, press forward, endeavor, venture"), from Proto-Germanic *wrigōnÄ… (“to wriggle"), from Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ- (“to turn, wrap, tie"), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend"). Compare awry, wriggle.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English wryen, wrien, wreon, wrihen, from Old English wrÄ“on (“to cover, clothe, envelop, conceal, hide, protect, defend"), from Proto-Germanic *wrÄ«hanÄ… (“to wrap, cover"), from Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ- (“to turn, wrap, tie"), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend").

    From Wiktionary