prying

adjective pry·ing \ ˈprī-iŋ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of prying

: inquisitive in an annoying, officious, or meddlesome way

pryingly

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

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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

: rudely nosy
  • prying questions


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