V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. combining amusement and irony for dry humor--sardonic; 2. temporarily contorted or bent to one side

Synonyms: sarcastic, sardonic, cynical, crooked, ironic, mocking, twisted, warped

Antonyms: serious, solemn, sober, straight

Tips: Wry is derived from the Old English wrigian, which means, "to turn or bend." Think of twisted humor that is dry and sarcastic. A wry sense of humor is one that is askew and completely different from a more traditional sense of humor--a wry joke is one that finds a unique angle of comedy.

Usage Examples:

The comic had a wry, self-deprecating wit. (sarcastic, sardonic)

His wry smile led me to believe he was being sarcastic. (crooked, sarcastic, mocking)

Some people thought his wry humor was hilarious; others were offended by his twisted jokes. (sardonic, sarcastic)

The journalistís wry commentary on the state of world affairs made him a popular syndicated columnist. (cynical, mocking, sarcastic)

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