Webster's Dictionary, 1913
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 .
[ Middle English wroth
, 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.
to see his kingdom fail." Milton.
Revel and truth as in a low degree, Chaucer.
They be full wroth [ i. e. , at enmity] all day.
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.
Wrie you in that mantle. Chaucer.
[ 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 Shak.
Must murder wives much better than themselves
For wrying but a little!
Wry transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Wried
; present participle & verbal noun Wrying
.] [ Middle English wrien
. See Wry
] To twist; to distort; to writhe; to wrest; to vex. Sir P. Sidney.
Guests by hundreds, not one caring R. Browning.
If the dear host's neck were wried .
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.
obsolete past participle
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 ).
obsolete imperfect of Wit . Piers Plowman.
Wyandots noun plural
; sing. Wyandot (Ethnol.) Same as Hurons .
[ Written also Wyandottes
, and Yendots
[ 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.
; 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
[ 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.
[ 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.
(wī"t'n) , obsolete pl. present of Wit .
(wīth) noun (Nautical)
. Same as Withe , noun , 4.
Wyvern noun (Her.) Same as Wiver .