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Meaning & Definition of Pry in English

English

Pry

/praɪ/

noun

1. A heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge

    synonym:
  • crowbar
  • ,
  • wrecking bar
  • ,
  • pry
  • ,
  • pry bar

verb

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"
    synonym:
  • pry
  • ,
  • prise
  • ,
  • prize
  • ,
  • lever
  • ,
  • jimmy

2. Be nosey

  • "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
    synonym:
  • pry

3. Search or inquire in a meddlesome way

  • "This guy is always nosing around the office"
    synonym:
  • intrude
  • ,
  • horn in
  • ,
  • pry
  • ,
  • nose
  • ,
  • poke

4. Make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry

  • "They pried the information out of him"
    synonym:
  • pry
  • ,
  • prise