adjective, wri·er, wri·est.
Origin of wry
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.
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|Tracy McNicoll|May 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Ross Wetzsteon|April 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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?|Andrew Romano|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
The sunburnt face, puckered with a wry wistfulness, was only comic in its incongruous coat of grease.No Hero|E.W. Hornung
"That is very good advice," said Anders with a wry face, as he plucked some moss to stanch the wound in his arm.Days of the Discoverers|L. Lamprey
The playwright gave Mainhall a curious look out of his deep-set faded eyes and made a wry face.Alexander's Bridge and The Barrel Organ|Willa Cather and Alfred Noyes
When we move our hands, even when we close the mouth or the eyes, or make a wry face, we use the muscles.First Book in Physiology and Hygiene|J.H. Kellogg
But it was always answered with a wry face, and the hymn went on.A Confederate Girl's Diary|Sarah Margan Dawson
adjective wrier, wriest, wryer or wryest
verb wries, wrying or wried
Word Origin 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.