from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To look or inquire closely, curiously, or impertinently: was always prying into the affairs of others.
- n. The act of prying.
- n. An excessively or impertinently inquisitive person.
- transitive v. To raise, move, or force open with a lever.
- transitive v. To obtain with effort or difficulty: pried a confession out of the suspect.
- n. Something, such as a crowbar, that is used to apply leverage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To look where one is not welcome; to be nosey.
- v. To look closely and curiously at, peep
- n. The act of prying
- n. An excessively inquisitive person
- n. A lever.
- n. Leverage.
- v. To use leverage to open or widen. (See also prise and prize.)
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lever; also, leverage.
- transitive v. To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or lever; to prize.
- intransitive v. To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often implying reproach.
- n. Curious inspection; impertinent peeping.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To look closely or with scrutinizing curiosity; hence, to search curiously or impertinently into any matter; peer; peep.
- To observe; note.
- n. A peeping glance; peering; curious or narrow inspection.
- n. One who pries; a prier; an inquisitive, intrusive person (with allusion to Paul Pry, a fictitious name which, in its turn, was evidently suggested by this sense of the word).
- n. A large lever employed to raise or move heavy substances; a prize.
- To raise or move by means of a pry; prize; bring into a desired position or condition by means of a pry: as, to pry a box open.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
- n. a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge
- v. make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry
- v. be nosey
- v. search or inquire in a meddlesome way
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.
MARCIANO: But his other job also is to kind of pry into health reform, so he talked to President Clinton about the possible roadblocks to health reform.
I can just see the edge and I kind of pry the frame apart and slide it out.
"We've got to get some kind of pry and pry it up," announced Jack.
No; she had not the slightest idea; it was not her business to "pry" and Mrs. Wick closed her bloodless lips with virtuous severity.
I know you aren't supposed to use any kind of pry bar etc (not that it would fit anyway).
After more than 10 years of New York City - the rent, the intensity, the heat, the cold, and the inability to "pry" friends from their apartments - Rob Barber has had enough.
Fritz Schwarz and Frank Church even met with Rockefeller to pry loose the documents being delivered to his commission.