- 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.
- a tool for raising or moving something by leverage; lever, crowbar, etc.
Origin of pryback-formation ; from prize
- to raise, move, or force with a pry
- to draw forth or obtain with difficulty: to pry money from a miser
to look closely and inquisitively or inquire presumptuously; peer or snoop
Origin of pryMiddle English prien ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- the act of prying
- a person who is improperly inquisitive
intransitive verbpried , pry·ing, pries
To look or inquire closely, curiously, or impertinently: was always prying into the affairs of others.
Origin of pryMiddle English prien.
transitive verbpried , pry·ing, pries
- To raise, move, or force open with a lever.
- To obtain with effort or difficulty: pried a confession out of the suspect.
Something, such as a crowbar, that is used to apply leverage.
Origin of pryAlteration of prize3.