Definitions for: Pry


[n] a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
[v] be nosey; "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
[v] to move or force, esp. in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock", "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"
[v] make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him"
[v] search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pry, n. [Corrupted fr. prize a lever. See Prize, n.]
A lever; also, leverage. [Local, U. S. & Eng.]

Pry pole, the pole which forms the prop of a hoisting gin,
and stands facing the windlass.


Pry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pried; p. pr. & vb. n.
Prying.]
To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or
lever; to prize. [Local, U. S. & Eng.]


Pry, v. i. [OE. prien. Cf. Peer to peep.]
To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to
discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often
implying reproach. `` To pry upon the stars.'' --Chaucer.

Watch thou and wake when others be asleep, To pry into
the secrets of the state. --Shak.


Pry, n.
Curious inspection; impertinent peeping.

Synonyms: crowbar, jimmy, lever, nose, poke, prise, prise, prize, pry bar, wrecking bar

See Also: ask, enquire, extort, inquire, jemmy, jim crow, jimmy, lever, look, loose, loosen, nose out, open, open up, scent out, search, smell out, sniff out, wring from

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