A Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (up to 1700)
Wry(e, Wray, v. Also: vrey. P.t. also wraid. P.p. also wryd. [ME and e.m.E. wrie(n (c1250), wrye(n (14th c.), wrey (a1400), OE wriᵹian.]
1. tr.To move (something) with a turning or twisting motion. Freq. const. about or away. Also intr.b. tr., fig.(To cause a person) to turn or change with regard to beliefs or attitudes. Also intr.c. fig.Const. out of wit, to go out of one's mind, turn mad.
(a) Ritht as the wheill about is wryd; Troy-bk. i 500.
The schippis sa sair on ather syde thai wry [Moir wey; see also McD. x 888 n.]; Wall. x 874 (F).
Thai … threw the ra abak; Baith to and fra, al dyd thar nokkis wry [L. torquent]; Doug. v xiv 9.
Latynis all thar ene about did wry [L. convertere]; Doug. xi xiv 50 (Sm.).
Phebus his firy cart did wry Fra south to west; Bell. Boece I xv.
Anone his bak alyte he wryit, To pas away; Rolland Ct. Venus i 659.
He wryit his face away … For be na way he lykit hir langage; Rolland Seven S. 1123.
The todd will … wry about the neck o' the cock; G. Stuart Joco-Ser. Disc. 41.
(b) Seing the peece fyred wrayed his bodie about and so escaped the shott; 1630 Reg. Privy C. 2 Ser. III 558.
intr. Scho wryit about to kys scho wes full sweir; K. Hart 725.
b. It was a sair thing to se that gud regent, anes sa weill inclynit to do gud offices in religion and commown weall, sa wryed and drawen efter vther mens vain pretences; Melville Mem. 220.
I came out of my own free will, no man pressing me, or wrying to come, but only so farre, as my conscience did command me; Naphtali (1693) 518.
intr. Men … that hes wryed from the streicht path way; 1585–6 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 444.
At euerye schoure thai may nocht schrink … No thing can gar thame wray nor wrink … Bot pacientlie that thay will … luif; Montg. Suppl. i 21.
c. Than Thelagonius at that herd As wryand out of wit he ferd And said ‘Allace … now caus of his deth am I'; Troy-bk. ii 2980.
2. tr.To twist, turn (away) or avert (the face, etc.) in (an) expression of anger, anguish or sorrow. Also intr.
Scho grevit and scho angerit … Hir face scho wryit about for propir teyne; K. Hart 520.
The Empreour … wryit his face, and wald not on him luik Bot at him greit indignation tuik; Rolland Seven S. 5384.
He wry'd his mouth, and knit his brows; Colvil Whig's Suppl. (1681) i 80.
intr. Scho quhyns, scho schrinks, scho vreyis, scho vips for vo; J. Stewart 54/62.
O vhat a martyrd man am I! I freat, I fry, I wreist, I wry; Montg. Misc. P. xvi 3.
3. fig.a. To wrest meaning from some event, to understand or comprehend. b. tr.To twist, misinterpret (the meaning of words, etc.).
a. Quha sa vehement fyre Drave from thar schippis thus wys byrnand schire? The deid [L. prisca fides facto] is auld forto beleif or wry Bot the memor remanys perpetualy; Doug. ix iii 5.
b. Lauder Off. Kings 221 (see Wre(i)st v.3 (a)).
Weining to wry [H. wrye] the veritie with wylis; Polwart Flyt. 754 (T).
Scarse may ane godlie man speik ane or twa wordis … quhen he is mistaken be evill men, quha sets them selfis to wry everie word that is spoken; Rollock Wks. I 343.
(b) That some went back, and was affraid: And carnallie, his wordes wraid, Untill their mindes sensuall; Norvell Meroure 45b.
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