Wrying
Wry Wry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wrying}.] [OE. wrien. See {Wry}, a.] To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Guests by hundreds, not one caring If the dear host's neck were wried. --R. Browning. [1913 Webster]


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  • Wried — Wry Wry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wrying}.] [OE. wrien. See {Wry}, a.] To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] Guests by hundreds, not one caring If the dear host s neck were wried. R …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wry — Wry, v. i. 1. To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind. [1913 Webster] 2. To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve. [1913 Webster] This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] How many Must murder …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wry — Wry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wrying}.] [OE. wrien. See {Wry}, a.] To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] Guests by hundreds, not one caring If the dear host s neck were wried. R.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wry — I. verb (wried; wrying) Etymology: Middle English wrien, from Old English wrigian to turn; akin to Middle High German rigel kerchief wound around the head, Greek rhiknos shriveled, Avestan urvisyeiti he turns Date: 14th century intransitive verb… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wry — [rī] vt., vi. wried, wrying [ME wrien, to twist, bend < OE wrigian, to turn, twist, akin to OFris wrigia, to bend, stoop < IE * wreik (> L rica, head veil) < base * wer , to turn, bend] to writhe or twist adj. wrier or wryer, wriest… …   English World dictionary

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