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A superlative of wry.
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(ˈraɪɪst) or


the superlative of wry
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adj. wri•er, wri•est.
1. distorted; lopsided: a wry grin.
2. abnormally bent or turned to one side; twisted.
3. devious in course or purpose; misdirected.
4. contrary; perverse.
5. bitingly ironic or amusing: a wry remark.
[1515–25; adj. use of wry to twist, Middle English; Old English wrīgian to go, strive, tend, swerve, c. Old Frisian wrīgia to bend; akin to Greek rhoikós crooked]
wry′ly, adv.
wry′ness, n.
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