- 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 wry
Making sense of her life on the page, deploying raw emotion alongside humor and wry mischief, has long been a Bechdel pursuit.Alison Bechdel: Genius to Watch Out For
September 18, 2014
The quick-cut trailer suggests a soft-core romp with dramatic intrigue and wry one-liners.French Political Sex Movie About DSK Sets Cannes Aquiver
May 17, 2014
I looked at parts of it," he says, adding with wry self-deprecation, "I didn't see much benefit in comparing myself to Marlon.New York’s Greatest Show Or How They Did Not Screw Up ‘Guys and Dolls’
April 6, 2014
Her wry, progressive grandmother Oleanna Redwyne (Diana Rigg)—the real power behind the House Tyrell.Will Season 4 Make ‘Game of Thrones’ the Best Fantasy Show Ever?
April 2, 2014
But Beard was, as Beard would have put it, "wry," which is the word people like Beard use when they mean funny.Doug Kenney: The Odd Comic Genius Behind ‘Animal House’ and National Lampoon
Robert Sam Anson
March 1, 2014
"Oh, I'll apologize," he said with a wry smile of discomfiture.Within the Law
"She is very like a boiled sole," answered the Vicomte, with a wry face.Night and Morning, Complete
Once he raised his head for a moment, while his lips were fixed in a wry smile.Casanova's Homecoming
"I've had vague promises from Wilcox," Sira said, with a wry smile.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
Wilding looked at Trenchard, who shrugged his shoulders and made a wry face.Mistress Wilding
- 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 wry
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.