pry
Pronunciation Verb

pry

  1. (intransitive) To look where one is not welcome; to be nosy.
  2. (intransitive) To keep asking about something that does not concern one.
  3. (intransitive) To look closely and curiously at (something closed or not public).
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene i]:
      Watch thou and wake when others be asleep, / To pry into the secrets of the state.
Translations Translations Translations Noun

pry (plural pries)

  1. The act of prying.
  2. An excessively inquisitive person.
1800, back-formation from prize#English Noun

pry (plural pries)

  1. A lever.
  2. Leverage.
Translations
  • German: Hebel
  • Russian: рыча́г
Verb

pry

  1. To use leverage to open or widen.
    Synonyms: prise (British English), prize
Translations
  • German: aufhebeln
  • Spanish: hacer palanca

Pry
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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