Definition for wrier (2 of 2)
adjective, wri·er, wri·est.
Origin of wry
British Dictionary definitions for wrier (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for wrier (2 of 2)
adjective wrier, wriest, wryer or wryest
verb wries, wrying or wried
Word Origin for wry
Word Origin and History for wrier
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.