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Definition of PRY

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Pry \Pry\, v. i. [OE. prien. Cf. {Peer} to peep.] To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often implying reproach. " To pry upon the stars." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

           Watch thou and wake when others be asleep, To pry into the secrets of the state.    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pry \Pry\, n.
     Curious inspection; impertinent peeping.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pry \Pry\, n. [Corrupted fr. prize a lever. See {Prize}, n.] A lever; also, leverage. [Local, U. S. & Eng.] [1913 Webster]

     {Pry pole}, the pole which forms the prop of a hoisting gin, and stands facing the windlass. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Pry \Pry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prying}.] To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or lever; to prize. [Local, U. S. & Eng.] [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

127 Moby Thesaurus words for "pry":
     Paul Pry, Paul-Pry, Peeping Tom, backseat driver, bar, beam, beat the bushes, bend the eyes, boom, burrow, busybody, cant hook, claw bar, crank, crow, crowbar, delve, delve into, dig, dig into, direct the eyes, disengage, disjoin, divide, eavesdropper, elevate, explore, fathom, fool with, forage, frisk, fulcrumage, get a foothold, get leverage, go into, go through, gossip, handspike, hoist, hunt, indagate, inquirer, inquisitive, inquisitor, intermeddle, intermeddler, investigate, iron crow, jimmy, kibitz, kibitzer, lever, leverage, lift, limb, look, look around, look into, look round, look through, marlinespike, meddle, meddle with, meddler, mess with, monkey with, mouse, nose, nose around, nosy Parker, outrigger, peavey, pedal, peek, peep, peer, peer into, pick up, pinch bar, play peekaboo, plumb, poke, poke around, poke into, prier, prize, probe, pry into, querier, querist, questioner, quidnunc, raise, rear, research, ripping bar, root, rubberneck, rubbernecker, scopophiliac, search, search into, search through, separate, sift, sightseer, smell around, snook, snoop, snooper, sound, spar, spy, take a peep, take up, tamper with, treadle, turn, twist, uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear, voyeur, wedge, wrecking bar, yenta


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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