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Definition of dryly adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (also drily) adverb
    see also dry
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  1. 1if someone speaks dryly, they are being humorous, but not in an obvious way “Well, at least it's not purple,” she commented dryly.
  2. 2in a way that shows no emotion He smiled dryly and leaned back in his chair.
  3. 3in a way that shows that there is no liquid present She coughed dryly. He swallowed dryly and nodded.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dryly