WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pry1 /praɪ/USA pronunciation v. [no object],pried, pry•ing.

    to ask rude or impolite questions about something private;
    to investigate or try to find out about something private.

pry2 /praɪ/USA pronunciation v., pried, pry•ing,n., pl. pries.

v. [+ object]
  • Buildingto move, raise, or open, with or as if with a tool like a lever:pried off the lid of the jar.
  • to obtain or get (something) with difficulty:to pry a secret out of someone.

  • n. [countable]
  • Buildinga tool for prying.


  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    pry /praɪ/ vb (pries, prying, pried)
    1. (intransitive) often followed by into: to make an impertinent or uninvited inquiry (about a private matter, topic, etc)
    n ( pl pries)
    1. the act of prying
    2. a person who pries
    Etymology: 14th Century: of unknown origin
    pry /praɪ/ vb (pries, prying, pried)
    1. US Canadian to extract or obtain with difficulty: they had to pry the news out of him

    Equivalent term (in Britain and other countries): prise Etymology: 14th Century: of unknown origin



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