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: trying to find out about other people's private lives

Full Definition of PRYING

:  inquisitive in an annoying, officious, or meddlesome way
pry·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of PRYING

  1. She tried to escape the prying eyes of her neighbors.
  2. <as we moved into our new home, we could sense that there were prying eyes watching us>

First Known Use of PRYING


Synonym Discussion of PRYING

curious, inquisitive, prying mean interested in what is not one's personal or proper concern. curious, a neutral term, basically connotes an active desire to learn or to know <children are curious about everything>. inquisitive suggests impertinent and habitual curiosity and persistent quizzing <dreaded the visits of their inquisitive relatives>. prying implies busy meddling and officiousness <prying neighbors who refuse to mind their own business>.
PRYINGLY Defined for Kids


adjective pry·ing \ˈprī-iŋ\

Definition of PRYING for Kids

:  rudely nosy <prying questions>


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