wrier

Wry \Wry\, a. [Compar. {Wrier}; superl. {Wriest}.] [Akin to OE. wrien to twist, to bend, AS. wrigian to tend towards, to drive.] [1913 Webster] 1. Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place; as, wry words. [1913 Webster] Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who never take up an old idea without some extravagance in its application. --Landor. [1913 Webster] 3. Wrested; perverted. [1913 Webster] He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] {Wry face}, a distortion of the countenance indicating impatience, disgust, or discomfort; a grimace. [1913 Webster]