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Definition of WRY

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Wry \Wry\, a. [Compar. {Wrier}; superl. {Wriest}.] [Akin to OE. wrien to twist, to bend, AS. wrigian to tend towards, to drive.] [1913 Webster]
     1. Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth. [1913 Webster]

     2. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place; as, wry words. [1913 Webster]

              Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who never take up an old idea without some extravagance in its application.                   --Landor. [1913 Webster]

     3. Wrested; perverted.
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              He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers.
                                                    --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

     {Wry face}, a distortion of the countenance indicating impatience, disgust, or discomfort; a grimace. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wry \Wry\, v. t. [AS. wre['o]n.]
     To cover. [Obs.]
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           Wrie you in that mantle.                 --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wry \Wry\, v. i.
     1. To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind.
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     2. To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve. [1913 Webster]

              This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              How many
              Must murder wives much better than themselves For wrying but a little!              --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Wry \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. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

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           If the dear host's neck were wried.      --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

23 Moby Thesaurus words for "wry":
     agee, agee-jawed, askance, askant, askew, askewgee, asquint, awry, catawampous, catawamptious, cockeyed, crooked, cynical, ironic, skew, skew-jawed, skewed, slaunchways, squinting, wamper-jawed, wrest, wring, yaw-ways


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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