Definition for wriest (2 of 2)
adjective, wri·er, wri·est.
Origin of wry
Examples from the Web for wriest
I confronted death with a smile; I meet life with the wriest of wry faces.Simon the Jester|William J. Locke
British Dictionary definitions for wriest (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for wriest (2 of 2)
adjective wrier, wriest, wryer or wryest
verb wries, wrying or wried
Word Origin for wry
Word Origin and History for wriest
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.