Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Wroot obsolete imperfect of Write . Wrote. Chaucer.

Wrote intransitive verb [ Middle English wroten . See 1st Root .] To root with the snout. See 1st Root . [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wrote imperfect & archaic past participle of Write .

Wroth adjective [ Middle English wroth , wrap , Anglo-Saxon wrāð wroth, crooked, bad; akin to wrīðan to writhe, and to Old Saxon wrēð angry, Dutch wreed cruel, Old High German reid twisted, Icelandic reiðr angry, Dan. & Swedish vred . See Writhe , and confer Wrath .] Full of wrath; angry; incensed; much exasperated; wrathful. " Wroth to see his kingdom fail." Milton.

Revel and truth as in a low degree,
They be full wroth [ i. e. , at enmity] all day.
Chaucer.

Cain was very wroth , and his countenance fell.
Gen. iv. 5.

Wrought imperfect & past participle of Work .

Alas that I was wrought [ created]!
Chaucer.

Wrought adjective Worked; elaborated; not rough or crude.

Wrought iron . See under Iron .

Wrung imperfect & past participle of Wring .

Wry transitive verb [ Anglo-Saxon wreón .] To cover. [ Obsolete]

Wrie you in that mantle.
Chaucer.

Wry adjective [ Compar. Wrier ; superl. Wriest .] [ Akin to Middle English wrien to twist, to bend, Anglo-Saxon wrigian to tend towards, to drive.]


1. Turned to one side; twisted; distorted; as, a wry mouth.

2. Hence, deviating from the right direction; misdirected; out of place; as, wry words.

Not according to the wry rigor of our neighbors, who never take up an old idea without some extravagance in its application.
Landor.

3. Wrested; perverted.

He . . . puts a wry sense upon Protestant writers.
Atterbury.

Wry face , a distortion of the countenance indicating impatience, disgust, or discomfort; a grimace.

Wry intransitive verb
1. To twist; to writhe; to bend or wind.

2. To deviate from the right way; to go away or astray; to turn side; to swerve.

This Phebus gan awayward for to wryen .
Chaucer.

How many
Must murder wives much better than themselves
For wrying but a little!
Shak.

Wry transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Wried ; present participle & verbal noun Wrying .] [ Middle English wrien . See Wry , adjective ] To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. Sir P. Sidney.

Guests by hundreds, not one caring
If the dear host's neck were wried .
R. Browning.

Wrybill noun (Zoology) See Crookbill .

Wrymouth noun (Zoology) Any one of several species of large, elongated, marine fishes of the genus Cryptacanthodes , especially C. maculatus of the American coast. A whitish variety is called ghostfish .

Wryneck noun (Medicine)


1. A twisted or distorted neck; a deformity in which the neck is drawn to one side by a rigid contraction of one of the muscles of the neck; torticollis.

2. (Zoology) Any one of several species of Old World birds of the genus Jynx , allied to the woodpeckers; especially, the common European species ( J. torguilla ); -- so called from its habit of turning the neck around in different directions. Called also cuckoo's mate , snakebird , summer bird , tonguebird , and writheneck .

Wrynecked adjective Having a distorted neck; having the deformity called wryneck .

Wryness noun The quality or state of being wry, or distorted. W. Montagu.

Wrythen obsolete past participle of Writhe . Writhen.

Wulfenite noun [ So named after F. X. Wulfen , an Australian mineralogist.] (Min.) Native lead molybdate occurring in tetragonal crystals, usually tabular, and of a bright orange-yellow to red, gray, or brown color; -- also called yellow lead ore .

Wull transitive verb & i. See 2d Will .

Pour out to all that wull .
Spenser.

Wung-out adjective Having the sails set in the manner called wing-and-wing . [ Sailors' slang]

Wurbagool noun (Zoology) A fruit bat ( Pteropus medius ) native of India. It is similar to the flying fox, but smaller.

Wurmal noun (Zoology) See Wormil .

Wurraluh noun (Zoology) The Australian white-quilled honey eater ( Entomyza albipennis ).

Wust, Wuste obsolete imperfect of Wit . Piers Plowman.

Wyandots noun plural ; sing. Wyandot (Ethnol.) Same as Hurons . [ Written also Wyandottes , and Yendots .]

Wych-elm noun [ Middle English wiche a kind of elm, Anglo-Saxon wice a kind of tree. Confer Wicker .] (Botany) A species of elm ( Ulmus montana ) found in Northern and Western Europe; Scotch elm.

» By confusion this word is often written witch-elm .

Wych-hazel noun (Botany) The wych-elm; -- so called because its leaves are like those of the hazel.

Wyclifite, Wycliffite noun A follower of Wyclif, the English reformer; a Lollard.

Wyd adjective Wide. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wye noun ; plural Wyes


1. The letter Y.

2. A kind of crotch. See Y , noun (a) .

Wyke noun Week. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wyla noun (Zoology) A helmeted Australian cockatoo ( Calyptorhynchus funereus ); -- called also funeral cockatoo .

Wyn, Wynn noun Also Wen [ Anglo-Saxon wēn .] One of the runes adopted into the Anglo-Saxon, or Old English, alphabet. It had the value of modern English w , and was replaced from about a.d. 1280 at first by uu , later by w.

Wynd noun [ See Wind to turn.] A narrow lane or alley. [ Scot.] Jamieson.

The narrow wynds , or alleys, on each side of the street.
Bryant.

Wynkernel noun (Zoology) The European moor hen. [ Prov. Eng.]

Wynn noun A kind of timber truck, or carriage.

Wype noun The wipe, or lapwing. [ Prov. Eng.]

Wys (wīz) adjective Wise. [ Obsolete] Chaucer.

Wyte (wīt), Wy"ten (wī"t'n) , obsolete pl. present of Wit .

Wythe (wīth) noun (Nautical) . Same as Withe , noun , 4.

Wyvern noun (Her.) Same as Wiver .