Definition of drily adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (also dryly) adverb
    BrE BrE//ˈdraɪli//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdraɪli//
    see also dry
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  1. 1if somebody speaks drily, they are being humorous, but not in an obvious way ‘That's a lovely purple suit you're wearing,’ she said drily.
  2. 2in a way that shows no emotion He smiled drily and leaned back in his chair.
  3. 3in a way that shows that there is no liquid present She coughed drily. He swallowed drily and nodded.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: drily