wry

[rahy]
adjective, wrier, wriest.
1.
produced by a distortion or lopsidedness of the facial features: a wry grin.
2.
abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted; crooked: a wry mouth.
3.
devious in course or purpose; misdirected.
4.
contrary; perverse.
5.
distorted or perverted, as in meaning.
6.
bitterly or disdainfully ironic or amusing: a wry remark.

Origin:
1515–25; adj. use of wry to twist, Middle English wryen, Old English wrīgian to go, strive, tend, swerve; cognate with Dutch wrijgen to twist; akin to Old English wrigels, Latin rīcula veil, Greek rhoikós crooked

wryly, adverb
wryness, noun


2. awry, askew.


2. straight.
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wry (raɪ)
 
adj , wrier, wriest, wryer, wryest
1.  twisted, contorted, or askew
2.  (of a facial expression) produced or characterized by contorting of the features, usually indicating dislike
3.  drily humorous; sardonic
4.  warped, misdirected, or perverse
5.  (of words, thoughts, etc) unsuitable or wrong
 
vb , wrier, wriest, wryer, wryest, wries, wrying, wried
6.  (tr) to twist or contort
 
[C16: from dialect wry to twist, from Old English wrīgian to turn; related to Old Frisian wrīgia to bend, Old Norse riga to move, Middle Low German wrīch bent, stubborn]
 
'wryly
 
adv
 
'wryness
 
n

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wry
1520s, "distorted, somewhat twisted," from obs. verb wry "to contort, to twist or turn," from O.E. wrigian "to turn, bend, move, go," from P.Gmc. *wrig- (cf. O.Fris. wrigia "to bend," M.L.G. wrich "turned, twisted"), from PIE *wreik- "to turn" (cf. Gk. rhoikos "crooked," Lith. raisas "paralysed"), from
base *wer- "to turn, bend" (see versus). Of words, thoughts, etc., from 1599. The original sense is preserved in awry.

wryly
1570s, from wry.
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Example sentences
The breathless pace of the music slows, and he wryly comments on its existential message.
Less trailers than humorous shorts in which he wryly poked fun at his subject.
It's wryly funny, though, and as much about epistemology as anything else.
Sorrows blend themselves with sorrows and wryly and bitterly shoot the works of sorrow.
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