Wry. adj. [from writhe.]
- 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? Sidney.
Cutting the wry neck is never to be practised, but when the disorder is a contraction of the mastoideus muscle. Sharp.
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. Pope.
- Wrung; perverted; wrested.
He mangles and puts a wry sense upon protestant writers. Att.