adjective, wri·er, wri·est.
Origin of wry
Synonyms for wry
Antonyms for wry
Related Words for wrynessdeformity, deformation, unsightliness, pout, twist, grimace, ugliness, dislocation, malformation, anamorphosis, misproportion, wryness
Examples from the Web for wryness
Historical Examples of 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
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.