Definition of pry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pry

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//praɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pry
    BrE BrE//praɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪ//
     
    he / she / it pries
    BrE BrE//praɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪz//
     
    past simple pried
    BrE BrE//praɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪd//
     
    past participle pried
    BrE BrE//praɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//praɪd//
     
    -ing form prying
    BrE BrE//ˈpraɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpraɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] pry (into something) to try to find out information about other people’s private lives in a way that is annoying or rude I'm sick of you prying into my personal life! I'm sorry. I didn't mean to pry. She tried to keep the children away from the prying eyes of the world's media.
  2. 2(especially North American English) = prise
  3. Word Origin sense 1 Middle English (in the sense ‘peer inquisitively’): of unknown origin. sense 2 early 19th cent.: from the verb prise, interpreted as pries, third person singular of the present tense.Extra examples I’m sorry—I didn’t mean to pry. I tried to pry his hands off the box. I’m sick of you prying into my personal life! See if you can pry the lid off. She tried to keep the children away from the prying eyes of the world’s media.
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