prying

adjective

Definition of prying

  1. :  inquisitive in an annoying, officious, or meddlesome way

pryingly

play \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of prying in a Sentence

  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

1552

First Known Use of prying

1552

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

PRYING Defined for English Language Learners

prying

adjective

Definition of prying for English Language Learners

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


PRYING Defined for Kids

prying

adjective pry·ing \ˈprī-iŋ\

Definition of prying for Students

  1. :  rudely nosy prying questions



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