• WordNet 3.6
    • adv dryly in a dry laconic manner "I know that," he said dryly"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Dryly In a dry manner; not succulently; without interest; without sympathy; coldly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dryly Without moisture.
    • dryly Without embellishment; without anything to enliven, enrich, or entertain.
    • dryly Coldly; frigidly; without affection.
    • dryly Severely; harshly; inconsiderately.
    • dryly With apparently unintentional or sly humor or sarcasm.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Your old virginity is like one of our French withered pears: it looks ill, it eats dryly.”


In literature:

Velo was sobbing dryly from fatigue and pain.
"Shelled by an Unseen Foe" by James Fiske
He spoke little and dryly.
"An Eagle Flight" by José Rizal
Rather dryly he promised his aid, wondering if he had really caught the true meaning of the little woman's behavior.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
Instead of receiving the thanks and praises which he expected, he was dryly told that the great man had ordered five copies to be sent back.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
The hunchback laughed dryly.
"The Duke's Motto" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
In fact," he added dryly, "my presence here ought to settle any doubt of that.
"Sawtooth Ranch" by B. M. Bower
She said, dryly: 'I know why; you have stayed longer than any other lodger.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Stories" by Various
De Spain laughed again, dryly this time.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
Mrs. Candy and Clarissa looked on her coldly, spoke to her dryly, and made her feel that she was not in favour.
"Opportunities" by Susan Warner
Their speeches were all too long, too dryly spoken: they had been rehearsed!
"The Fifth Queen" by Ford Madox Ford

In news:

Made by one who grew up in a police state (note the adjectival use) and watched it fall apart, Police, Adjective is a deadly serious as well as dryly humorous analysis of bureaucratic procedure and, particularly, the tyranny of language.
In case you were thinking of ignoring cabotage restrictions, Part 375 dryly notes that violations can be punished with fines, suspensions, revocations of certificates and criminal penalties.
In Due Date , a skinny, scowly, and dryly self-referential Robert Downey Jr meets a chubby, beardy, quasi-autistic Zach Galifianakis boarding a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles.
I squeezed the washer-fluid button, but the wipers only thudded dryly across the windshield.
The University of Cape Town reseachers rather dryly go on to say that the jumping "differs from all other extant cockroaches that have a scuttling locomotion.".
Sammoury also dryly thanked the Colorado Oil and Gas Association for the phone calls he said several residents received last week, saying that he was allied with the anti-fracking movement.
The use of motel service-industry code words by the safe-house staff is dryly funny.