Wry face, a distortion of the countenance indicating impatience, disgust, or discomfort; a grimace.

(Wry), v. i.

1. To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind.

2. To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve.

This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen.

How many
Must murder wives much better than themselves
For wrying but a little!

(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.

Guests by hundreds, not one caring
If the dear host's neck were wried.
R. Browning.

(Wry"bill`) n. (Zoöl.) See Crookbill.

(Wry"mouth`) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of large, elongated, marine fishes of the genus Cryptacanthodes, especially C. maculatus of the American coast. A whitish variety is called ghostfish.

(Wry"neck) n. (Med.)

1. A twisted or distorted neck; a deformity in which the neck is drawn to one side by a rigid contraction of one of the muscles of the neck; torticollis.

2. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of Old World birds of the genus Jynx, allied to the woodpeckers; especially, the common European species (J. torguilla); — so called from its habit of turning the neck around in different directions. Called also cuckoo's mate, snakebird, summer bird, tonguebird, and writheneck.

(Wry"necked`) a. Having a distorted neck; having the deformity called wryneck.

(Wry"ness), n. The quality or state of being wry, or distorted. W. Montagu.

(Wryth"en) obs. p. p. of Writhe. Writhen.

(Wul"fen*ite) n. [So named after F. X. Wulfen, an Australian mineralogist.] (Min.) Native lead molybdate occurring in tetragonal crystals, usually tabular, and of a bright orange-yellow to red, gray, or brown color; — also called yellow lead ore.

(Wull) v. t. & i. See 2d Will.

Pour out to all that wull.

(Wung"-out`) a. Having the sails set in the manner called wing-and-wing. [Sailors' slang]

2. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place; as, wry words.

Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who never take up an old idea without some extravagance in its application.

3. Wrested; perverted.

He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers.

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