Definition of wry adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//raɪ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//raɪ//
    [usually before noun] Disappointment
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  1. 1showing that you are both amused and disappointed or annoyed ‘At least we got one vote,’ she said with a wry smile. He pulled a wry face when I asked him how it had gone. See related entries: Disappointment
  2. 2amusing in a way that shows irony a wry comedy about family life a wry comment wry humour
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent. (in the sense ‘contorted’): from Old English wrīgian ‘tend, incline’, in Middle English ‘deviate, swerve, contort’.Extra examples He didn’t even seem to notice her wry humour. It’s a wry comedy about family life. The film takes a wry look at the British class system.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wry