- The definition of a pry is a tool used for leverage for moving or raising something.
An example of pry is a crowbar used for opening a box that's been nailed shut.
- Pry is defined as to raise or move something with force, obtain something with effort or be very curious about something.
- An example of pry is using force to pull open a locked door.
- An example of pry is to get money away from a cheap person.
- An example of pry is pestering a friend to tell a secret.
pry definition by Webster's New World
- a tool for raising or moving something by leverage; lever, crowbar, etc.
Origin: back-formation ; from prize
Origin: Middle English prien ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- the act of prying
- a person who is improperly inquisitive
pry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb pried pried , pry·ing, pries pries
- The act of prying.
- An excessively or impertinently inquisitive person.
Origin: Middle English prien.
transitive verb pried pried , pry·ing, pries pries
- To raise, move, or force open with a lever.
- To obtain with effort or difficulty: pried a confession out of the suspect.
Origin: Alteration of prize3.