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wry
as in:  wry sense of humor


"Yes indeedy," said Jean Louise wryly.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  understated ironic humor — often in a difficult situation
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  • "Yes indeedy," said Jean Louise wryly.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • You’re screwed, Elias, a wry voice tells me.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • He gave Thomas a wry grin.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • She attempted a wry smile, but it failed miserably.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising

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  • He wrote for a humor website based in Brooklyn, a decent one, and his contributor photo revealed him to be a scrawny guy with dark-framed glasses and an uncomfortable amount of thick black hair, wearing a wry grin and a T-shirt for a band called the Bingos.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She turns to me with a wry grin.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • "I was figuring I could sulk for Idris in the next Olympics," Jace said, but his voice was already softening, the edge of hard self-loathing filed away, wryness and amusement taking its place.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Alec asked with a wry grin.
    James Dashner  --  The Kill Order
  • You know, one of those wry, silent chuckles, accompanied by a rueful shake of the head.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • He was wry.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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  • She had gone to art school, lived off campus, was wry and curious and kind and superhip, and one day when I had admired the box, she gave it to me.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • The sound of it tugged one corner of his mouth into a wry smile as he sank into the deep chair in front of the fire.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • And he points to my folding chair with a silencing finger and an almost wry smile, and it’s all I can do but sit down again as they stomp and leap their way into the water.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It’s hard to see his expression in the dark, but his voice sounds both skeptical and wry.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • As he looked from Wells to Bellamy, a wry smile flickered across his face.
    Kass Morgan  --  The 100
  • He’s pictured standing on the fifty-yard line of the football field, wearing his letterman jacket, his arms crossed, his right foot resting atop a football, a wry, confident grin on his face.
    Pittacus Lore  --  I Am Number Four
  • He gave me a wry look.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Mike Monsky smiled a small, wry smile.
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • Miss Perumal gave him a wry look.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Kit thought wryly.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • An expression of surprise crossed his features when he beheld her in her finery, but it quickly melted into a wry grin as he looked toward his father.
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass
  • The pipe stem anchored a wry grin.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • Uncle Hammer smiled a strange, wry smile.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • She smiled rather wryly.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • The thing seems to break down every couple minutes:’ lie cracked a wry smile.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • Carol was always a kind of high priestess in our family circle, a wry and demonstrative oracle who read eastern philosophy with sophomoric intensity and who tried to implement the lessons she derived from her readings in our household.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The shortish man with the wry ruddy sardonic face could only be John Cheever.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I think of Carol’s wry-mouthed mother, of Mrs. Smeath with her hairpinned crown of graying braids.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Mom smiled wryly.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • "How flattering," I remarked wryly, and he laughed.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • His mouth was lopsided, as if drawn by a shaky hand, and this gave him a wry, mocking look.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • An odd, dry name for a rusty, wry little redhead: it suited her.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Spencer twisted the comers of her mouth up wryly.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Probably exhausted from resenting me so much, I think with a wry smile.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Whether there had been jealousy under that wryness, Jordan wasn’t sure.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • "Was there more to discuss?" says Peeta wryly.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • "Congratulations," she says wryly.
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • The Giver watched him with a wry smile.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • With a slightly wry smile, Vera said: "Thank you."
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Atticus smiled wryly.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • When she blinked at him, she saw a wry grin spread across his face.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • And his father, with his squinty gaze, his wry humor.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • She smiles wryly.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • Raymond made a wry face, but said nothing for a moment.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • He smiled wryly.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • Cole asked with a wry smile, as he sharpened a sapling for a hot-dog stick.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Slim smiled wryly.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • A wry and twinkling relative carving up the bird.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Making a wry mouth, she removed her kerchief and drew out the other two pins.
    Jane Yolen  --  The Devils Arithmetic
  • Passepartout, who had now rejoined his master, made a wry grimace, as he thought of his magnificent, but too frail Indian shoes.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
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Associated words [difficulty]:   wry [1] , droll [3] , sardonic [3] , jocular [4] , whimsical [4] , facetious [5] , mordant [8]
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