Definition of dryly in English:


(also drily)


  • 1In a matter-of-fact or ironically humorous way.

    ‘“How very observant,” he said dryly’
    • ‘She laughed dryly: ‘Some people think everything I do is a publicity stunt.'’
    • ‘‘It came out in 1998, and didn't sell very well,’ he reflects dryly.’
    • ‘Suddenly this dryly humorous film assumes a dangerous mood and darker comment on Antoine's life.’
    • ‘‘There is a certain amount of disagreement among the authors who write of this matter,’ the chronicler says dryly.’
    • ‘The tales are sometimes dryly humorous, but often just heart-breaking.’
    • ‘Katie commented dryly, ‘Do you think that matters?’’
    • ‘‘Fifty songs,’ I mused. ‘Five thousand dollars worth of digital matter,’ I added to myself dryly.’
    • ‘This is possibly the most acutely perceptive (and drily humorous) political film ever made.’
    • ‘In a dryly humorous touch, the woman's firmly placed heels seem more than adequate substitutes for the chair's missing front legs.’
    • ‘The dialogue is laconic, direct, sometimes drily humorous.’
    • ‘This is not merely a matter of pressing the First Amendment to a dryly logical extreme.’
    • ‘‘We call it the belly of the beast,’ she dryly remarks.’
    • ‘As he remarked dryly yesterday: ‘If they say it's not there, we accept that.’’
    • ‘In person, Barry is engaging - impassioned at times, dryly humorous at others.’
    • ‘It was ironic; I thought dryly, that he should feel that way.’
    • ‘‘Well, you and I know the difference,’ he says dryly.’
    • ‘‘I suppose I'm an ex-shareholder now,’ he says dryly.’
    • ‘Demos they may be but these Hazlewood rarities are rounded, rustic country songs: lustrous and lustful, quirkily and dryly humorous, yet poignant stories from the other side of love.’
    • ‘The film that follows is a dark, dryly humorous critique of class privilege and artful etiquette.’
    • ‘‘There was also,’ said Aunt Emily, drily, ‘the matter that you have, apparently, skipped a few classes.’’
  • 2In a dry way or condition.

    ‘Evans swallowed dryly’
    • ‘I swallowed dryly and rediscovered at least a part of my wit.’
    • ‘I swallowed dryly before continuing in a strained voice.’
    • ‘Norwood, swallowing dryly, ran back across the main street.’
    • ‘‘Uh, yeah,’ I swallowed dryly, wishing I didn't have to say this part.’
    • ‘He feels very self-conscious and swallows dryly, clearing his throat.’