- Prey is a person or animal that falls victim to another or an animal that lives off of other animals.
- An example of prey is a deer being hunted by a man.
- An example of prey is an owl catching and killing a rabbit for food.
- Prey is defined as to catch, kill, eat or victimize.
An example of prey is someone being conned out of large amounts of money.
prey definition by Webster's New World
- Archaic plunder; booty
- an animal hunted or killed for food by another animal
- a person or thing that falls victim to someone or something
- the mode of living by preying on other animals: a bird of prey
Origin: Middle English preye ; from Old French preie ; from Classical Latin praeda ; from base of prehendere, to seize: see prehensile
- to plunder; rob
- to hunt or kill other animals for food
- to make profit from a victim as by swindling
- to have a wearing or harmful influence; weigh heavily
- preyer noun
prey definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An animal hunted or caught for food; quarry.
- One that is defenseless, especially in the face of attack; a victim.
- The act or practice of preying.
- To hunt, catch, or eat as prey: Owls prey on mice.
- To victimize or make a profit at someone else's expense.
- To plunder or pillage.
- To exert a baneful or injurious effect: Remorse preyed on his mind.
Origin: Middle English preie, from Old French, from Latin praeda, booty, prey; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
- preyˈer noun