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wry

  • using or expressing dry, especially mocking, humor.
  • (of a person's face or features) twisted into an expression of disgust, disappointment, or annoyance.
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Director Peter Evans highlights the play’s wry humour and latent evil with a low-key, ironic spin.

“It’s funny to have a heartbeat” he commented, his face twisting into one of wry humor.

Bursting with frantic energy, wry humour and a multitude of voices, it might be best described as a romantic comedy-thriller, but even this fails to capture its sparkling originality.

Instead, the writers present new twists on parenting with liberal doses of wry humor that even singletons will enjoy.

Cecil made a wry face, though inwardly he was relieved.

He had his arms akimbo and was directing at them a wry gaze of mixed amusement and disgust.

In fact, there was a wry humor about his features - a sort of elegance and a sparkling intellect - that made me want to emulate him immediately.

Born in August 31, 1928, he was the 14th of 16 children and always showed a wry sense of humour often referring to his home as the house of sin.

“Thank you,” Gale said, but she gave Julien a wry expression that the photographer did not catch.

Changing his dour expression, Alain pulled a wry grin.

There was no disapproval in his expression, only a slight wry lifting of his lips.

On stage, the duo really shine, with heartfelt songs delivered with evident passion, while the between song banter shows a wry sense of humour, which also infuses their music.

Shot in four weeks for a modest $4m, it is also a triumph of minute observation, bittersweet pathos and wry culture-clash humour over brash Hollywood excess.

The two men exchanged questioning glances behind her back as she came out of the garden and closed the gate, then Penniworth gave a shrug and made a wry face of amusement.

Levy’s wry sort of humour and the ironic use of an English woman’s perspective to describe the problems confronted by the immigrants is both clever and sensitive.

Mancunians claim that theirs is the world’s first industrial city, and they certainly have a wry sense of humour, forged from years of hardship, that many Scots will identify with.

Aliette made a wry face, and turned away disbelieving.

Jac picked up a fork and poked at the greens, making a wry face and glancing with envy at her plate.

Alan shook his head, an expression of wry confusion on his face.

She gave a wry smile at the comment on breakfast.

Despite his virtuosity, Sonny Rollins always managed to express an underlying, wry sense of humor in his playing.

Elizabeth styled him her pygmy; his enemies delighted in vilifying his “ wry neck,” “crooked back” and “splay foot,” and in Bacon’s essay “On Deformity,” it was said, “the world takes notice that he paints out his little cousin to the life.”

Anger, bitterness and disappointment course through Schmidt, but the film is wry and melancholic rather than mean-spirited.

Australian Dance Theatre’s new work, Birdbrain, will inject a modern, wry twist into the ever-enduring dance text of Swan Lake.

I gave him a wry smile and commented, “Well, now you’ve gone and ruined their fun.”

One of Calysta’s eyebrows was up, and the wry twist on her lips was certainly comical.

He pulled a wry face as he swallowed, setting the cup down on the table again.

His mouth had a wry twist to it as if he took everything with a heavy dose of sarcasm.

Despite the disappointments so far, there is a wry optimism among some UK firms.

Every time he refers to you as “Mr. Zwinge” I cannot help but picture him with a wry smirk on his face, as if he’s put you in your place.