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wry

[rahy] /raɪ/
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
1515-1525
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
Related forms
wryly, adverb
wryness, noun
Synonyms
2. awry, askew.
Antonyms
2. straight.
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British Dictionary definitions for wryly

wry

/raɪ/
adjective 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
verb wries, wrying, wried
6.
(transitive) to twist or contort
Derived Forms
wryly, adverb
wryness, noun
Word Origin
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
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Word Origin and History for wryly
adv.

1570s, from wry + -ly (2).

wry

adj.

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.

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