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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