Wry Definition

wried, wrier, wriest, wryer, wryest, wrying
adjective
wrier, wryer, wriest
Temporarily twisted in an expression of distaste or displeasure.
Made a wry face.
American Heritage
Made by twisting or distorting the features.
A wry face.
Webster's New World
Turned or bent to one side; twisted.
Webster's New World
Dry, ironic, sardonic, etc.
Wry humor.
Webster's New World
Distorted, as in meaning.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
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verb
wried
To writhe or twist.
Webster's New World

(obsolete) To cover; clothe; cover up; cloak; hide.

Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Wry

Adjective

Base Form:
wry
Comparative:
wrier
Superlative:
wriest

Origin of Wry

  • 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

  • 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

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