Simple Definition of prey
: an animal that is hunted or killed by another animal for food
: someone who is easily harmed or affected in a bad way by someone or something
Examples of prey in a sentence
The lion stalked its prey.
The bird circled above looking for prey.
The seals are easy prey for sharks.
Too often elderly people are easy prey for swindlers and other criminals.
Origin of prey
Middle English preie, from Anglo-French, from Latin praeda; akin to Latin prehendere to grasp, seize — more at get
First Known Use: 13th century
Rhymes with prey
a, ae, bay, bey, blae, brae, bray, chez, clay, Cray, day, dey, dray, eh, fay, fey, flay, fley, frae, fray, Frey, gay, Gay, gey, gley, gray, hay, he, hey, Hue, j, jay, Jay, k, kay, Kay, lay, lei, may, nay, né, née, neigh, Ney, pay, pe, play, pray, qua, quai, quay, Rae, ray, re, say, shay, slay, sleigh, spae, spay, Spey, splay, spray, stay, stray, sway, Tay, they, tray, trey, way, weigh, whey, yea
Definition of prey
1 : to make raids for the sake of booty
2 a : to seize and devour prey b : to commit violence or robbery or fraud
3 : to have an injurious, destructive, or wasting effect <worry preyed upon his mind>
Origin of prey
Middle English, from Anglo-French preier, from Latin praedari, from praeda
First Known Use: 14th century
PREY Defined for Kids
Definition of prey for Students
1 : to hunt and kill for food <The dogs survived by preying on small game.>
2 : to have a harmful effect <Fears prey on my mind.>
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