Definitions

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  • adverb In a wry manner.

Etymologies

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From wry + -ly.

Examples

  • I've not always fit comfortably into conventional political boxes, maybe you've noticed that,'' he said wrily.

    Draining Connecticut

  • For me it needs a blend of elements, no one element dominating - a bit of action well, a lot really, believable and intelligent dialogue, wrily humorous moments, a romantic sub-plot which affects the main plot direction, actors who can act and who believe in what they're doing, great production values and with lines and scenes which remain with you ever afterwards, e.g. play it again, Sam.

    [nuts and bolts of films] best, worst

  • For me it needs a blend of elements, no one element dominating - a bit of action well, a lot really, believable and intelligent dialogue, wrily humorous moments, a romantic sub-plot which affects the main plot direction, actors who can act and who believe in what they're doing, great production values and with lines and scenes which remain with you ever afterwards, e.g. play it again, Sam.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • "Apparently there was an error in Wikipedia," he wrily observed to laughter.

    Live, from Wikimania

  • "Apparently there was an error in Wikipedia," he wrily observed to laughter.

    Live, from Wikimania

  • But, she thought wrily, anywhere they landed would have less terror than the Phyrexian beast that followed them.

    The Brothers' War

  • But, she thought wrily, anywhere they landed would have less terror than the Phyrexian beast that followed them.

    The Brothers' War

  • It will be a comfort to participants at the fourth conference of non-governmental organisations (NGO's) on landmines, though they will no doubt reflect wrily that most of the 20 million mines scattered around southern Africa were produced in South Africa.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • She lit a rare cigarette and smiled wrily when I moved to windward.

    The Great California Game

  • In 1929, Cobban wrote a book on Burke and the political ideas of the Lake poets which annoyed the Left; in 1960, when he reissued it, he noted wrily that in the meantime Burke had become a 'victim to the uncritical adulation of the right in America.'

    Man in The Middle

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