toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

wry
used in The Merchant of Venice

only 1 use
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
understated humor — often sarcastic or ironic — often expressed by twisting the face

or (more rarely):  a facial expression showing displeasure
  • Hear you me, Jessica: Lock up my doors, and when you hear the drum, And the vile squealing of the wry-neck'd fife, Clamber not you up to the casements then, Nor thrust your head into the public street To gaze on Christian fools with varnish'd faces; But stop my house's ears— I mean my casements; Let not the sound of shallow fopp'ry enter My sober house.
    2.5 — Act 2 Scene 5 — The same. Before SHYLOCK'S house (55% in)

There are no more uses of "wry" in The Merchant of Venice.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®