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wryly (comparative more wryly, superlative most wryly)
- In a wry or sarcastic manner; ironically.
- 1966, Jacqueline Susann, Valley of the Dolls, Grove Press, published 1997, page 206:
- The sins of the father, she thought wryly. Well, they had visited Tony, all right—only he didn't know it.
- 1991, Alison Weir, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Grove Press, published 2000, page 219:
- ‘The king is displeased with it, but he has to be patient,’ Chapuys wryly commented.
- (of a facial expression) Contortedly.
- 1909, P. G. Wodehouse, Mike:
- It was Joe, who had taken the gloves when the wicket-keeper went on to bowl.
Mike grinned, wryly but gratefully.
- 1920 November 9, D[avid] H[erbert] Lawrence, Women in Love, New York, N.Y.: Privately printed [by Thomas Seltzer] for subscribers only, →OCLC:
- “Only your Virginie,” she laughed.
“Virginie enough,” he smiled wryly. “No, I don’t want her either.”
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