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pry

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verb, \ˈprī\

Definition of pry

priedprying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to look closely or inquisitively; also :  to make a nosy or presumptuous inquiry



Origin of pry

Middle English prien


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with pry


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pry

verb,

Definition of pry

priedprying

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to raise, move, or pull apart with a lever :  prize

  3. 2 :  to extract, detach, or open with difficulty <pried the secret out of my sister>



Origin of pry

probably back-formation from 5prize


First Known Use: circa 1806


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pry

noun

Definition of pry

  1. 1 :  a tool for prying

  2. 2 :  leverage



1823

First Known Use of pry

1823


PRY Defined for Kids

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pry

play
verb \ˈprī\

Definition of pry for Students

priedprying

  1. 1 :  to raise or open with a lever

  2. 2 :  to get at with great difficulty <I couldn't pry the secret out of him.>




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pry

play
verb

Definition of pry for Students

priedprying

  1. :  to be nosy about something <I don't mean to pry, but who is that girl I saw you with?>





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