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Wry (adjective)

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Wry. adj. [from writhe.]

  1. Crooked; deviating from the right direction,

    Sometimes to her news of myself to tell
    I go about, but then is all my best
    Wry words, and stamm'ring, or else doltish dumb;
    Say then, can this but of enchantment come?

    Cutting the wry neck is never to be practised, but when the disorder is a contraction of the mastoideus muscle. Sharp.

  2. Distorted.

    It is but a kick with thy heels, and a wry mouth, and Sir Roger will be with thee. Arbuthnot.

    Instructive work! whose wry-mouth'd portraiture
    Display'd the fates her confessors endure.

  3. Wrung; perverted; wrested.

    He mangles and puts a wry sense upon protestant writers. Att.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Atterbury, Francis (75) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Sharp, Samuel (11) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: Adjective (426)

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