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Adjective: prying  prI-ing
  1. Offensively curious or inquisitive
    "prying eyes";
    - nosy, nosey, snoopy
Noun: prying  prI-ing
  1. Offensive inquisitiveness
    - nosiness, snoopiness
Verb: pry  prI
  1. To move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
    "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail";
    - prise [Brit, Cdn], prize [N. Amer], lever, jimmy [N. Amer], jemmy [Brit]
     
  2. Be nosey
    "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
     
  3. Search or inquire in a meddlesome way
    "This guy is always prying around the office";
    - intrude, horn in, nose, poke
     
  4. Make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry
    "They pried the information out of him";
    - prise [Brit, Cdn], prize

Derived forms: pryings

See also: curious

Type of: ask, curiousness, enquire [Brit, Cdn], extort, inquire, inquisitiveness, look, open, open up, search, wring from

Encyclopedia: Pry, To