American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Dryly humorous, often with a touch of irony.
- adj. Temporarily twisted in an expression of distaste or displeasure: made a wry face.
- adj. Abnormally twisted or bent to one side; crooked: a wry nose.
- adj. Being at variance with what is right, proper, or suitable; perverse.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn; bend; wind; twist or twine about, with or without change of place.
- To swerve or go obliquely; go awry or astray; deviate from the right course, physically or morally.
- To turn; twist aside.
- To give a twist to; make wry; writhe; wring.
- Figuratively, to pervert; alter.
- Abnormally bent or turned to one side; in a state of contortion; twisted; distorted; askew.
- Crooked; bent; not straight.
- Devious in course or purpose; divaricating; aberrant; misdirected.
- n. A twisting about, or out of shape or course; distortion; a distorting effect.
- To cover; clothe; cover up; cloak; hide.
- v. transitive, obsolete To cover; clothe; cover up; cloak; hide.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To turn (away); to swerve or deviate.
- v. obsolete, transitive To divert; to cause to turn away.
- v. transitive To twist or contort (the body, face etc.).
- adj. Turned away, contorted (of the face or body).
- adj. Dryly humorous; sardonic or ironic.
- adj. Twisted, bent, crooked.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To cover.
- adj. Turned to one side; twisted; distorted.
- adj. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place.
- adj. Wrested; perverted.
- v. To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind.
- v. To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve.
- v. To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex.
- adj. humorously sarcastic or mocking
- adj. bent to one side
- From Middle English wrien, from Old English wrīġian ("to go, turn, twist, bend, strive, struggle, press forward, endeavor, venture"), from Proto-Germanic *wrigōnan (“to wriggle”), from Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ- (“to turn, wrap, tie”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend”). Compare awry, wriggle. (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English wrien, to turn, from Old English wrīgian; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the meantime— He smiled again, the expression wry this time.”
“-- The term wry-neck or torticollis is applied to a condition in which the head assumes an abnormal attitude, which is usually one of combined lateral flexion and rotation.”
“No, it did not," G'dath said, his expression wry.”
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