from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Insistently or impertinently curious or inquisitive: ignored the prying journalists' questions.

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  • v. Present participle of pry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Inspecting closely or impertinently.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Peeping; peering; looking closely into anything; hence, inquisitive; curious.
  • Synonyms Inquisitive, etc. See curious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. offensive inquisitiveness
  • adj. offensively curious or inquisitive


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  • But then they have to say the very same thing when those influential constituents come calling for help in prying some of that evil stimulus money loose.

    Rick Horowitz: The Stimulus: Slamming It, Working It

  • Well, apparently prying is the correct thing to do, but unfortunately I must have fatigued the metal shaft because it broke off.

    A Monroe electromechanical calculator « The Half-Baked Maker

  • The mysteries of the gospel, and the methods of man's salvation, are so glorious that the blessed angels earnestly desire to look into them; they are curious, accurate, and industrious in prying into them; they consider the whole scheme of man's redemption with deep attention and admiration, particularly the points the apostle had been discoursing of: Which things the angels desire to stoop down and look into, as the cherubim did continually towards the mercy-seat.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume VI (Acts to Revelation)

  • She went rather red at the idea of prying into it.

    The Chain Of Destiny

  • 'Well - for goodness sake don't let's get caught,' said Julian, not at all liking the idea of prying about in his host's house.

    Five Go To Smugglers Top

  • It was so new to the eye and so obviously full of the "booster" spirit that he was appalled at the idea of prying through this modern shell and getting back to the heart and the memory of the old days of the town.

    Black Jack

  • When Emily used to come here day after day, I've often suspected she didn't have enough to eat, yet it was impossible for me to ask questions, it would have been called prying into things that didn't concern me. '

    A Life's Morning

  • The "prying" continues nevertheless, often taking even more extravagant forms.

    The One and Only

  • It was the kind of prying introduction Pete would normally have dealt with acidly, but they were after something here: information.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • She apologised for "prying" and intruding by phoning me, but she said she just couldn't put it off any longer.

    sheepdip Diary Entry


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