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
Examples of prying in a Sentence
She tried to escape the prying eyes of her neighbors.
as we moved into our new home, we could sense that there were prying eyes watching us
Recent Examples on the WebTo my mind, however, there’s a difference between a Google or a Facebook, which provide valuable services in return for their prying eyes, and an app that serves a single, ostensibly benign purpose — parking validation.
Los Angeles Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Carry two phones While anti-spy software may be effective in staving off the prying eyes of the Chinese government, not everyone knows how to install it.
Jane Li, Quartz, 6 Aug. 2019 Its purpose: to train librarians to implement secure protocols on their own web services, and to teach members of the community to evade the prying eyes of governments, corporations, and criminal hackers.
Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Oct. 2017 One reason Russians have loaded up on passports is that Cypriot citizenship helps them avoid the prying eyes of their government and pay lower taxes.
Yalman Onaran, Bloomberg.com, 11 May 2017
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