Pry - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |praɪ|  American pronunciation of the word pry
Brit.  |praɪ|  British pronunciation of the word pry

noun

- a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge (syn: crowbar)
- to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open (syn: jimmy, lever, prise, prize)
Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail
- be nosey
Don't pry into my personal matters!
- search or inquire in a meddlesome way (syn: horn in, intrude, nose, poke)
- make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry (syn: prise)

Examples

I don't want our neighbours prying into our affairs.

I don't want to pry, but I need to ask you one or two questions.

We finally managed to pry the door open with a screwdriver.

Why was he prying about among our things?

Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail

Don't pry into my personal matters!

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: pry
he/she/it: pries
present participle: prying
past tense: pried
past participle: pried
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