prying


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pry·ing

 (prī′ĭng)
adj.
Insistently or impertinently curious or inquisitive: ignored the prying journalists' questions.

pry′ing·ly adv.

prying

(ˈpraɪɪŋ)
adj
intrusively curious

pry•ing

(ˈpraɪ ɪŋ)

adj.
impertinently or unnecessarily curious or inquisitive.
[1950–55]
pry′ing•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prying - offensive inquisitiveness
curiousness, inquisitiveness - a state of active curiosity
Adj.1.prying - offensively curious or inquisitive; "curious about the neighbor's doings"; "he flipped through my letters in his nosy way"; "prying eyes"; "the snoopy neighbor watched us all day"
curious - eager to investigate and learn or learn more (sometimes about others' concerns); "a curious child is a teacher's delight"; "a trap door that made me curious"; "curious investigators"; "traffic was slowed by curious rubberneckers"; "curious about the neighbor's doings"

prying

adjective inquisitive, spying, curious, interfering, meddling, intrusive, eavesdropping, snooping (informal), snoopy (informal), impertinent, nosy (informal), meddlesome She's a nasty, prying busybody.
Translations

prying

[ˈpraɪɪŋ] ADJ (= nosy) → fisgón; (= meddling) → entrometido

prying

adjneugierig

prying

[ˈpraɪɪŋ] adjcurioso/a, indiscreto/a
References in classic literature ?
They loved to sit there in the silence, with only each other and the sheeny, prying lizards for company, talking of the old times and planning for the new; while light breezes stirred the tattered vines high up among the columns, where owls nested.
She still responded, mechanically, to the frequent summons of the shop-bell, and, at the demand of her customers, went prying with vague eyes about the shop, proffering them one article after another, and thrusting aside --perversely, as most of them supposed--the identical thing they asked for.
Prying further into the manuscript, I found the record of other doings and sufferings of this singular woman, for most of which the reader is referred to the story entitled "THE SCARLET LETTER"; and it should be borne carefully in mind that the main facts of that story are authorized and authenticated by the document of Mr.
Look here, said the landlady, quickly putting down the vinegar-cruet, so as to have one hand free; look here; are you talking about prying open any of my doors?
If we are to be prying and spying into all the dismals of life, we should have no heart to anything.
We have lost as much as we gained by prying into the matter.
They were crusted thick with rust and dirt; but she dared not attempt to clean them until bed-time secluded her from the prying eyes of the servants in the solitude of her room.
But thou hast a hundred zecchins with thee in that bag,'' said Isaac, prying under Gurth's cloak, ``it is a heavy one.
They doubted everything told them, and expressed their contempt for amateur searching by entering on a fresh investigation, prying with the greatest care into the least probable places.
But the world might guess it, and I will not bare my soul to their shallow prying eyes.
Wretch, receive the reward of your prying, and become a dog.
I neither say nor think so," said Sancho; "let them look to it; with their bread let them eat it; they have rendered account to God whether they misbehaved or not; I come from my vineyard, I know nothing; I am not fond of prying into other men's lives; he who buys and lies feels it in his purse; moreover, naked was I born, naked I find myself, I neither lose nor gain; but if they did, what is that to me?