adjective, wri·er, wri·est.
Origin of wry
Examples from the Web for wryness
There was the smallest possible twist of wryness to the man's lips as he admitted to himself the necessity for the final words.The Triumph of John Kars|Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for wryness
adjective wrier, wriest, wryer or wryest
verb wries, wrying or wried
Word Origin for wry
Word Origin and History for wryness
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.