AskDefine | Define pry

Dictionary Definition

pry n : a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge [syn: crowbar, wrecking bar, pry bar]


1 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" [syn: prise, prize, lever, jimmy]
2 be nosey; "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
3 search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office" [syn: nose, poke]
4 make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him" [syn: prise] [also: pried]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /praɪ/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪ



  • Dutch: priem, hefboom, hendel
  • Dutch: hefboomkracht, hefboom, invloed


  1. To use leverage to open or widen.
  2. In the context of "of eyes": Opening and looking where one is not welcome; being nosey.


use leverage to open or widen
  • Dutch: priemen, wrikken, openwrikken
Italian: intrudere,effrarre
opening and looking where one is not welcome; being nosey
  • Dutch: boren, steken
  • Finnish: urkkia
Italian: sbirciare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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