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 ?
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?
'You stupid, prying goose!' answered the dwarf: 'I was going to split the tree to get a little wood for cooking.
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.
Mazey, at a late hour of the night (with her master' s basket of keys in her possession), prying into the private documents kept in the east library.
With such a smile then, and with a voice sweet as the evening breeze of Boreas in the pleasant month of November, Mrs Bridget gently reproved the curiosity of Mrs Deborah; a vice with which it seems the latter was too much tainted, and which the former inveighed against with great bitterness, adding, "That, among all her faults, she thanked Heaven her enemies could not accuse her of prying into the affairs of other people."
In making tactical dispositions, the highest pitch you can attain is to conceal them; conceal your dispositions, and you will be safe from the prying of the subtlest spies, from the machinations of the wisest brains.
Some brought a few land-otter and sea-otter skins to barter, but in very scanty parcels; the greater number came prying about to gratify their curiosity, for they are said to be impertinently inquisitive; while not a few came with no other design than to pilfer; the laws of meum and tuum being but slightly respected among them.
Cornelius, taking the candlestick from the hands of the foremost, conducted his godfather into that room, which was no other than that very cabinet with a glass front into which Boxtel was continually prying with his telescope.