Definition of Prying

1. Noun. Offensive inquisitiveness.

Exact synonyms: Nosiness, Snoopiness
Generic synonyms: Curiousness, Inquisitiveness
Derivative terms: Nosy, Pry, Pry, Pry, Snoopy



2. Adjective. Offensively curious or inquisitive. "The snoopy neighbor watched us all day"
Exact synonyms: Nosey, Nosy, Snoopy
Similar to: Curious
Derivative terms: Nose, Nose, Nosiness, Snoop, Snoopiness

Definition of Prying

1. a. Inspecting closely or impertinently.

Definition of Prying

1. Verb. (present participle of pry) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Prying

1. pry [v] - See also: pry

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Prying

prussic acid
pruta
prutah
prutot
prutoth
pry
pry bar
pryan
pryany
prybar
prybars
pryde
prydes
pryer
pryers
prying (current term)
pryingly
pryings
prymnesiophyte
prymnesiophytes
prys
pryse
prysed
pryses
prysing
prytane
prytanea
prytaneis
prytanes
prytaneum

Literary usage of Prying

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1. Stein and the Era of Reform in Prussia, 1807-1815 by Guy Stanton Ford (1922)
"... his sympathies nearer to Stein than any prying tutor, wrote a sketch of him as he remembered him then. "There was in all his feelings something intense. ..."

2. A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language: To by John Walker (1806)
"prying examination, narrow and close survey superintendence, presiding care. ... A prying examiner ; a superintendent ..."

3. A Systematic Treatise, Historical, Etiological, and Practical, on the by Daniel Drake (1854)
"... I feel incapable of prying deeper into the pathology of this disease, and shall proceed to speak of the treatment, chiefly according to the experience ..."

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