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Meaning of WRY

Pronunciation:  rI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit"
  2. [adj]  disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking; "his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists"- Frank Schoenberner; "a wry pleasure to be...reminded of all that one is missing"- Irwin Edman
  3. [adj]  bent to one side; "a wry neck"

WRY is a 3 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: crooked, dry, humorous, humourous, ironic, ironical, sarcastic, sardonic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Wry\, v. t. [AS. wre['o]n.]
    To cover. [Obs.]
          Wrie you in that mantle.                 --Chaucer.
  2. \Wry\, a. [Compar. {Wrier}; superl. {Wriest}.] [Akin to OE.
    wrien to twist, to bend, AS. wrigian to tend towards, to
    1. Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth.
    2. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected;
       out of place; as, wry words.
             Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who
             never take up an old idea without some extravagance
             in its application.                   --Landor.
    3. Wrested; perverted.
             He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers.
    {Wry face}, a distortion of the countenance indicating
       impatience, disgust, or discomfort; a grimace.
  3. \Wry\, v. i.
    1. To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind.
    2. To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to
       turn side; to swerve.
             This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen. --Chaucer.
             How many Must murder wives much better than
             themselves For wrying but a little!   --Shak.
  4. \Wry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wried}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Wrying}.] [OE. wrien. See {Wry}, a.]
    To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. --Sir P.
          Guests by hundreds, not one caring If the dear host's
          neck were wried.                         --R. Browning.