From Middle English wryen, wrien, wreon, wrihen, from Old English wrēon (“to cover, clothe, envelop, conceal, hide, protect, defend”), from Proto-Germanic *wrīhaną (“to wrap, cover”), from Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ- (“to turn, wrap, tie”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend”).
From Middle English wrien, from Old English wrīġian (“to go, turn, twist, bend, strive, struggle, press forward, endeavor, venture”), from Proto-Germanic *wrigōną (“to wriggle”), from Proto-Indo-European *wreiḱ- (“to turn, wrap, tie”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend”). Compare awry, wriggle.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To turn (away); to swerve or deviate.
- How many / Must murder wives much better than themselves / For wrying but a little!
- (obsolete, transitive) To divert; to cause to turn away.
- (transitive) To twist or contort (the body, face etc.).
- Turned away, contorted (of the face or body).
- a wry mouth
- Dryly humorous; sardonic or ironic.
- Twisted, bent, crooked.
- Deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place.
- the wry rigour of our neighbours, who never take up an old idea without some extravagance in its application