wry


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wry \Wry\, a. [Compar. Wrier; superl. Wriest.] [Akin to OE.
   wrien to twist, to bend, AS. wrigian to tend towards, to
   drive.]
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   1. Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth.
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   2. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected;
      out of place; as, wry words.
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            Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who
            never take up an old idea without some extravagance
            in its application.                   --Landor.
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   3. Wrested; perverted.
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            He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers.
                                                  --Atterbury.
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   Wry face, a distortion of the countenance indicating
      impatience, disgust, or discomfort; a grimace.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wry \Wry\, v. t. [AS. wre['o]n.]
   To cover. [Obs.]
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         Wrie you in that mantle.                 --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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            This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen. --Chaucer.
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            How many
            Must murder wives much better than themselves
            For wrying but a little!              --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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         Guests by hundreds, not one caring
         If the dear host's neck were wried.      --R. Browning.
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