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Definitions of wry

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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 Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. bent to one side; "a wry neck" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To cover. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place; as, wry words. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Wrested; perverted. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Twisted; turned to one side; as, to make a wry face; distorted or changed in meaning; perverted; as, a wry statement. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Wryly. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Wryness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Writhed, twisted, or turned to one side: not in the right direction. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Twisted; distorted; turned to one side. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Bent out of position; contorted; perverted. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Twisted; turned to one side; distorted; not straight; deviating from the right direction; wrested; perverted. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. Twisted; turned to one side; crooked; perverted. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. r[=i], adj. twisted or turned to one side: not in the right direction.--n. (prov.) distortion.--v.i. (Shak.) to go astray.--v.t. to give a twist to, pervert.--n. WRY'BILL, a New Zealand plover with bill bent sideways.--adv. WRY'LY.--adj. WRY'-MOUTHED, having a crooked mouth, unflattering.--n. WRY'-NECK, a twisted or distorted neck: a small bird allied to the woodpecker, which twists round its head strangely when surprised.--adj. WRY'-NECKED.--n. WRY'NESS.--MAKE A WRY FACE, or MOUTH, to pucker up the face, or mouth, in sign of disgust or pain. [A.S. wrigian, to drive, bend. Ult. conn. with wriggle and writhe.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. (-ier, -iest, or -yer, -yest). Distorted, turned to one side, skew, (w. face, mouth, grimace expressing disgust; has a w. nose); wrybill, kind of plover; wrymouth, kinds of fish; w.-mouthed, ironically flattering &c.; wryneck, bird allied to woodpeckers able to turn head over shoulder. Hence wryness a. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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