[ UK /ɹˈa‍ɪ/ ]
[ US /ˈɹaɪ/ ]
  1. humorously sarcastic or mocking
    an ironic novel
    with a wry Scottish wit
    an ironical smile
    dry humor
    an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely
  2. bent to one side
    a wry neck
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How To Use wry In A Sentence

  • with his necktie twisted awry
  • Commander Laurel D' ken smiled wryly as the blue haired officer said to Allison, ‘We'll need to nursemaid them a bit but I think they'd be able to manage well enough.’
  • Fancy an heir that a father had seen born well-featured and fair, turning suddenly wry-nosed, club-footed, squint-eyed, hair-lipped, wapper-jawed, carrot-haired, from a pride become an aversion, -- my case was yet worse. The Complete Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell
  • If something goes awry, more than five billion people would be exposed to dangerous levels of radiation.
  • Like arthritis, multiple sclerosis and diabetes, lupus is a disease of the immune system gone awry.
  • ‘That's a mouse cowry,’ the doctor said. ‘A lovely find.’
  • But King George's smile was a bit awry tonight.
  • Coates wry, muttered lyrics lend his ditties a mischievous if subdued charm.
  • It's wry humour that permeates the tale rather than bitterness.
  • These normally nuanced characters briefly became vessels for issue-based polemic rather than wry, subtle dialogue - and even to unequivocal admirers, this is a serious wobble.
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