how to pronounce wry


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the above transcription of wry is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

wry is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of wry in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… is sort of a wry social commentary on …”

meanings of wry


  1. Turned away, contorted (of the face or body).
  2. Twisted, bent, crooked.
  3. Deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place.
  4. Dryly humorous; sardonic or bitterly ironic.


  1. To twist or contort (the body, face, etc.).
  2. To turn (away); to swerve or deviate.
  3. To divert; to cause to turn away.
  4. To cover; clothe; cover up; cloak; hide.


  1. Distortion.

wry frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word wry occurs in english on average 1.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics wry can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that wry can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) people, society, and culture;

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