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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a distorted neck; having the deformity called wryneck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a distorted neck; having the deformity called wryneck{1}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a wry or distorted neck.
  • [By some this is understood as an allusion to the bend of the fifer's neck while playing upon his instrument; by others (less probably) to an old form of the flute, called the fluteà-bec, having a curved mouthpiece like the beak of a bird at one side.]


wry +‎ necked (Wiktionary)


  • In numbers they were six or eight, led by a small, wrynecked man that held a long staff, and wore a gilt chain over his furr'd collar.

    The Splendid Spur

  • Beside him stands Father Coffey, chaplain, toadbellied, wrynecked, in a surplice and bandanna nightcap, holding sleepily a staff twisted poppies.) _



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