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Wry \Wry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wried; p. pr. & vb. n. Wrying.] [OE. wrien. See Wry,

  1. ] To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex.
    --Sir P. Sidney.

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


vb. (en-past of: wry)

  1. adj. humorously sarcastic or mocking; "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit" [syn: dry, ironic, ironical]

  2. bent to one side; "a wry neck"

  3. disdainfully or ironically humorous; scornful and mocking; "his rebellion is the bitter, sardonic laughter of all great satirists"- Frank Schoenberner; "a wry pleasure to be...reminded of all that one is missing"- Irwin Edman [syn: sardonic]

  4. [also: wried, wryest, wryer, wriest, wrier]


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