See also: Pry, PRY, and prý

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pɹaɪ/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Etymology 1Edit

The verb is inherited from Middle English prien, pryen (to look closely, peer into, pry, spy) [and other forms],[1] from Old English *prīwan, *prēowian (to look narrowly, to squint at), attested by Old English beprīwan, beprēwan (to wink); further etymology unknown,[2] but probably akin to Old English *prēowot (closing of the eyes), attested only in combination – compare prēowthwīl (blink or twinkling of an eye, moment), princ (a wink): see prink.

The noun is derived from the verb.[3]

VerbEdit

pry (third-person singular simple present pries, present participle prying, simple past and past participle pried)

  1. (intransitive)
    1. To peer closely and curiously, especially at something closed or not public.
    2. (figuratively) To inquire into something that does not concern one; to be nosy; to snoop.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To peer at (something) closely; also, to look into (a matter, etc.) thoroughly.
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NounEdit

pry (plural pries)

  1. An act of prying; a close and curious look.
    Synonym: prying
  2. A person who is very inquisitive or nosy; a busybody, a nosey parker.
    Synonym: (chiefly US) Paul Pry
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Etymology 2Edit

The noun is probably a back-formation from prise, prize (tool for levering, lever), construed as the plural of pry.[4]

The verb is either derived from the noun, or is a back-formation from prise (to force open with a lever), construed as pries, the third-person singular present form of pry.[5]

NounEdit

pry (plural pries)

  1. (East Anglia, US) A tool for levering; a crowbar, a lever.
    Synonyms: (both chiefly historical) prise, prize, prybar, pry bar
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VerbEdit

pry (third-person singular simple present pries, present participle prying, simple past and past participle pried) (transitive)

  1. To use leverage to open, raise, or widen (something); to prise or prize.
  2. (figuratively) Usually followed by out (of): to draw out or get (information, etc.) with effort.
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ prīen, v.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007.
  2. ^ pry, v.1”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “pry1, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
  3. ^ † pry, n.3”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2019.
  4. ^ pry, n.4”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020.
  5. ^ pry, v.2”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, December 2020; “pry2, v.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English preien.

VerbEdit

pry

  1. to pray

ReferencesEdit

  • Jacob Poole (1867) , William Barnes, editor, A glossary, with some pieces of verse, of the old dialect of the English colony in the baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, J. Russell Smith, →ISBN