- produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features: a wry grin.
- abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked: a wry mouth.
- devious in course or purpose; misdirected.
- contrary; perverse.
- distorted or perverted, as in meaning.
- bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing: a wry remark.
Origin of wry
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Examples from the Web for wryly
He was friendly, a little nervous, getting over a cold, and wryly funny.Dan Stevens Blows Up ‘Downton’: From Chubby-Cheeked Aristo to Lean, Mean American Psycho
September 19, 2014
In response to a question about Hostess going out of business, Christie wryly refused to answer.Justin Bieber, Gangnam-Hammer, Carly Rae Jepsen & More Viral Videos
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November 24, 2012
“I keep saying, ‘This is just my story,’” Alford says wryly.JFK’s Intern-Mistress Mimi Alford Confesses, ‘I Did Love Him’
February 10, 2012
He noted, wryly, “Ironically, no one said word one about Carson Kressley—openly gay.”The Transgender Revolution, From Albert Nobbs to ‘Work It’
January 17, 2012
Jennifer wryly notes that “to some extent every little girl sees Daddy as Cary Grant.”Remembering My Father, Cary Grant
May 3, 2011
“Yes, and without many other pleasant things,” said I, wryly and decidedly.The First Violin
Peter MacDonald said wryly, "We, too, were pressured into such a step."Adaptation
Dallas McCord Reynolds
"And a desire for more trank to keep the mood going," Joe said wryly.Mercenary
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"On this island you can't get away from the phone," he said wryly.The Lani People
J. F. Bone
“I was looking forward to—not worrying for a while,” he said wryly.Space Platform
- twisted, contorted, or askew
- (of a facial expression) produced or characterized by contorting of the features, usually indicating dislike
- drily humorous; sardonic
- warped, misdirected, or perverse
- (of words, thoughts, etc) unsuitable or wrong
- (tr) to twist or contort
Word Origin and History for wryly
1520s, "distorted, somewhat twisted," from obsolete verb wry "to contort, to twist or turn," from Old English wrigian "to turn, bend, move, go," from Proto-Germanic *wrig- (cf. Old Frisian wrigia "to bend," Middle Low German wrich "turned, twisted"), from PIE *wreik- "to turn" (cf. Greek rhoikos "crooked," Lithuanian raisas "paralysed"), from root *wer- (3) "to turn, bend" (see versus). Of words, thoughts, etc., from 1590s. The original sense is preserved in awry.