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From Middle English wrien, from Old English wr??ian (“to go, turn, twist, bend, strive, struggle, press forward, endeavor, venture”), from Proto-Germanic *wrig?n? (“to wriggle”), from Proto-Indo-European *wrey?- (“to turn, wrap, tie”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend”). Compare awry, wriggle.
- Turned away, contorted (of the face or body).
- Dryly humorous; sardonic or bitterly ironic.
- Twisted, bent, crooked.
- Deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To turn (away); to swerve or deviate.
- (obsolete, transitive) To divert; to cause to turn away.
- (transitive) To twist or contort (the body, face, etc.).
- (regional) Distortion.
From Middle English wryen, wrien, wreon, wrihen, from Old English wr?on (“to cover, clothe, envelop, conceal, hide, protect, defend”), from Proto-Germanic *wr?han? (“to wrap, cover”), from Proto-Indo-European *wrey?- (“to turn, wrap, tie”), from Proto-Indo-European *wer- (“to turn, bend”).