Definitions of pry

  1. a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
  2. 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"
  3. search or inquire in a meddlesome way; " This guy is always nosing around the office"
  4. make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; " They pried the information out of him"
  5. be nosey; " Don't pry into my personal matters!"
  6. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; " The burglar jimmied the lock", " Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"
  7. A bar used as a lever.
  8. A lever; also, leverage.
  9. To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or lever; to prize.
  10. To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often implying reproach.
  11. Curious inspection; impertinent peeping.
  12. To inspect closely and inquisitively; as, to pry into another's affairs; peep; peer.
  13. Pried.
  14. Prying.
  15. To raise or work open with a lever.
  16. Ro peer or peep into that which is closed: to inspect closely: to try to discover with curiosity:- pa. t. and pa. p. pried.
  18. To force with a lever.
  19. To peer or peep; inspect closely.
  20. To observe carefully or slyly; scrutinize.
  21. A sly and searching inspection.
  22. To act on or move with a lever.
  23. A lever.
  24. Narrow inspection; impertinent peeping.
  25. To peep narrowly; to inspect closely or scrutinizingly.
  26. To inspect narrowly or closely; to attempt to discover something with scrutinising curiosity.
  27. Narrow inspection.

Usage examples for pry

  1. He would pry and find out. – In Luck at Last by Walter Besant
  2. I had unwittingly stumbled across something unusual and had been about to pry into what didn't concern me, and it had been resented. – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  3. I've no wish to pry into your affairs, and if you don't care to say any more, I'll understand it perfectly. – The Metropolis by Upton Sinclair
  4. How dare you say I pry and spy! – Kitty Trenire by Mabel Quiller-Couch
  5. These small houses may be made light enough to be moved short distances by a pry pole, the team being required only when they are moved to a new field. – The Dollar Hen by Milo M. Hastings
  6. Is it for us to pry into them? – Hereward, The Last of the English by Charles Kingsley
  7. Then he won't think we're trying to pry into his house. – Oswald Bastable and Others by Edith Nesbit
  8. " I know nothing of what you allude to, Mr. Crow," said she, half proudly; " it would ill become me to pry into my cousin's affairs. – The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. II (of II) by Charles James Lever
  9. " Anything you choose, Mrs Pry said Tom, laughing; " I shall trouble my head no more with such things, so you may sell them if you please, or send them as a valuable gift to the British Museum, only don't bother me about them; and do take yourself off like a good soul, for I must reply to my father's letter immediately." – Hunting the Lions by R.M. Ballantyne
  10. Madame Lecoeur, however, continued to pry into the dishes, trying to find something else to ask for. – The Fat and the Thin by Emile Zola
  11. Can't you pry it up with something? – The Window at the White Cat by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  12. He would not look in her basket and pry among her treasures without her permission. – The Mountain Girl by Payne Erskine
  13. Why should he, then, try to pry into the clouds and darkness that were round about the awful throne? – Lancashire Idylls (1898) by Marshall Mather
  14. They have formed plots to destroy property, they have entered into conspiracies against the neutrality of the Government, they have sought to pry into every confidential transaction of the Government in order to serve interests alien to our own. – My Three Years in America by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
  15. Our little girl is gone into the Unknown, she wrote- that Unknown in which she seemed to be forever trying to pry – The Shape of Fear by Elia W. Peattie
  16. I bent it trying to pry the bars. – The Lost House by Richard Harding Davis
  17. And I must say, concluded Captain West, that I am vexed to think my children should have tried to pry into what did not in the least concern them. – The Eagle's Nest by S. E. Cartwright
  18. The young lawyer had got a big fee, and he had a nice easy case; and as a man of the world, he could not really wish to pry into it too closely. – The Metropolis by Upton Sinclair
  19. I am not one to pry sir, and my master has always trusted me. – Vicky Van by Carolyn Wells
  20. Very well; the folk would neither pry nor complain for a long, long time: that was triumph enough for John Wull. – Every Man for Himself by Norman Duncan