showing that you find a bad situation slightly funny
wry - sarcastic
The original meaning of the word ‘wry’ was to refer to something bent or twisted. It has now been adapted refer to something, such as a sense of humour, that is somewhat twisted or a little unconventional. This typically takes the form of being mockingly clever or grimly humorous in difficult situations. It can be used in both a positive and negative context.
Despite how awful the situation was, Jane allowed herself a wry smile and said: “Well at least it can’t get any worse!”.
I was extremely embarrassed by my poor attempt at a speech at the time, but I can laugh wryly about it now. I don’t think they’ll be asking me to give another talk any time soon!
I made a couple of wry observations during the meeting but they did not go down well. The directors were in no mood for joking.