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pry 1

 (prī)
intr.v. pried (prīd), pry·ing, pries (prīz)
To look or inquire closely, curiously, or impertinently: was always prying into the affairs of others.

[Middle English prien.]

pry 2

 (prī)
tr.v. pried (prīd), pry·ing, pries (prīz)
1. To raise, move, or force open with a lever.
2. To obtain with effort or difficulty: pried a confession out of the suspect.
n. pl. pries (prīz)
Something, such as a crowbar, that is used to apply leverage.

[Alteration of prize.]

pry

(praɪ)
vb, pries, prying or pried
(often foll by: into) to make an impertinent or uninvited inquiry (about a private matter, topic, etc)
n, pl pries
1. the act of prying
2. a person who pries
[C14: of unknown origin]

pry

(praɪ)
vb, pries, prying or pried
1. to force open by levering
2. US and Canadian to extract or obtain with difficulty: they had to pry the news out of him.
Equivalent term (in Britain and other countries): prise
[C14: of unknown origin]

pry1

(praɪ)

v.i. pried, pry•ing.
1. to inquire impertinently or unnecessarily into something: to pry into the personal affairs of others.
2. to look closely or curiously; peer.
[1275–1325; Middle English pryen, prien, of uncertain orig.]

pry2

(praɪ)

v. pried, pry•ing, v.t.
1. to move, raise, or open by leverage.
2. to obtain, extract, or separate with difficulty: to pry a secret out of someone.
n.
3. a tool, as a crowbar, for raising, moving, or opening something by leverage.
4. the leverage exerted.
[1800–10; back formation from prize3, taken as a pl. n. or 3rd pers. singular verb]

pry


Past participle: pried
Gerund: prying

Imperative
pry
pry
Present
I pry
you pry
he/she/it pries
we pry
you pry
they pry
Preterite
I pried
you pried
he/she/it pried
we pried
you pried
they pried
Present Continuous
I am prying
you are prying
he/she/it is prying
we are prying
you are prying
they are prying
Present Perfect
I have pried
you have pried
he/she/it has pried
we have pried
you have pried
they have pried
Past Continuous
I was prying
you were prying
he/she/it was prying
we were prying
you were prying
they were prying
Past Perfect
I had pried
you had pried
he/she/it had pried
we had pried
you had pried
they had pried
Future
I will pry
you will pry
he/she/it will pry
we will pry
you will pry
they will pry
Future Perfect
I will have pried
you will have pried
he/she/it will have pried
we will have pried
you will have pried
they will have pried
Future Continuous
I will be prying
you will be prying
he/she/it will be prying
we will be prying
you will be prying
they will be prying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been prying
you have been prying
he/she/it has been prying
we have been prying
you have been prying
they have been prying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been prying
you will have been prying
he/she/it will have been prying
we will have been prying
you will have been prying
they will have been prying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been prying
you had been prying
he/she/it had been prying
we had been prying
you had been prying
they had been prying
Conditional
I would pry
you would pry
he/she/it would pry
we would pry
you would pry
they would pry
Past Conditional
I would have pried
you would have pried
he/she/it would have pried
we would have pried
you would have pried
they would have pried
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pry - a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedgepry - a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
jim crow - a crowbar fitted with a claw for pulling nails
jemmy, jimmy - a short crowbar; "in Britain they call a jimmy and jemmy"
lever - a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum
Verb1.pry - to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"
open, open up - cause to open or to become open; "Mary opened the car door"
2.pry - be nosey; "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
ask, enquire, inquire - inquire about; "I asked about their special today"; "He had to ask directions several times"
3.pry - search or inquire in a meddlesome waypry - search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"
search, look - search or seek; "We looked all day and finally found the child in the forest"; "Look elsewhere for the perfect gift!"
4.pry - make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him"
wring from, extort - get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner

pry

verb be inquisitive, peer, interfere, poke, peep, meddle, intrude, snoop (informal), nose into, be nosy (informal), be a busybody, ferret about, poke your nose in or into (informal) We do not want people prying into our affairs.

pry

verb
To look into or inquire about curiously, inquisitively, or in a meddlesome fashion:
Informal: nose (around).
Idiom: stick one's nose into.
noun
A person who snoops:
Translations
يَبْحَثُ عَنَ الَأسْراريَدُسُّ أنْفَه في شؤون الآخرين
slíditstrkat nos
snagesnuse
udellaurkkia
zabadati nos
kíváncsiskodik
hnÿsast í, snuîra
詮索する
캐다
okšķerēt
snoka
สอดรู้สอดเห็น
başkasının işine burnunu sokmakgözetlemek
thọc mạch

pry

1 [praɪ] VI (= snoop) → fisgonear, curiosear; (= spy) → atisbar
to pry into sb's affairs(entro)meterse en los asuntos de algn
to pry into sb's secretscuriosear en los secretos de algn

pry

[ˈpraɪ] vis'immiscer
I don't mean to pry, but → Je ne voudrais pas m'immiscer, mais ...
to pry into sth → s'immiscer dans qch
He's always prying into other people's affairs → Il s'immisce toujours dans les affaires des autres.
safe from prying eyes → à l'abri des regards indiscrets

pry

1
vineugierig sein; (in drawers etc) → (herum)schnüffeln (→ in in +dat); I don’t mean to pry, but …es geht mich ja nichts an, aber …; to pry into somebody’s affairsseine Nase in jds Angelegenheiten (acc)stecken; to pry into somebody’s secretsjds Geheimnisse ausspionieren wollen; to pry aroundherumschnüffeln

pry

1 [praɪ] viessere troppo curioso/a
to pry into sb's affairs → cacciare il naso negli affari di qn

pry

(prai) verb
to try to find out about something that is secret, especially other people's affairs. He is always prying into my business.

pry

يَبْحَثُ عَنَ الَأسْرار slídit snage neugierig sein ψαχουλεύω curiosear udella s’immiscer zabadati nos spiare 詮索する 캐다 gluren snoke wtrącić się intrometer-se выведывать snoka สอดรู้สอดเห็น gözetlemek thọc mạch 窥探
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It was in vain that Fortunato, uplifting his dull torch, endeavoured to pry into the depth of the recess.
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There reigns a heavy silence; gaunt weeds through windows pry, And down the streets of Liang old echoes, wailing, die.