Pry Definition

prī
pried, pries, prying
verb
pried, pries, prying
To look closely and inquisitively or inquire presumptuously; peer or snoop.
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To raise, move, or force with a pry.
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To draw forth or obtain with difficulty.
To pry money from a miser.
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noun
pries
A tool for raising or moving something by leverage; lever, crowbar, etc.
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Leverage.
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The act of prying.
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A person who is improperly inquisitive.
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The ISO 3166-1 three-letter (alpha-3) code for Paraguay.

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Origin of Pry

  • Middle English prien

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of prize

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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