He uses a special tool to pry the lid off of the can of paint.
- 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
transitive verbpried, pry′ing
- to raise, move, or force with a pry
- to draw forth or obtain with difficulty: to pry money from a miser
intransitive verbpried, pry′ing
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,
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.
Origin of pryAlteration of prize 3