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Definition of "pry" []

  • To look or inquire closely, curiously, or impertinently: was always prying into the affairs of others. (verb-intransitive)
  • The act of prying. (noun)
  • An excessively or impertinently inquisitive person. (noun)
  • To raise, move, or force open with a lever. (verb-transitive)
  • To obtain with effort or difficulty: pried a confession out of the suspect. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pry" in a sentence
  • "Oakland police spokeswoman Cynthia Perkins said the protesters were able to get inside the building using what she termed a "pry tool.""
  • "Brissenden gave no explanation of his long absence, nor did Martin pry into it."
  • "They ` re going to probably give him a consolation pry, which is going to be rap album."