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prie

[pree] /pri/
noun, verb (used with object), Scot. and North England
1.
pree.

pry1

[prahy] /praɪ/
verb (used without object), pried, prying.
1.
to inquire impertinently or unnecessarily into something:
to pry into the personal affairs of others.
2.
to look closely or curiously; peer; peep.
noun, plural pries.
3.
an impertinently inquisitive person.
4.
an act of prying.
Origin of pry1
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English pryen, prien < ?

pry2

[prahy] /praɪ/
verb (used with object), pried, prying.
1.
to move, raise, or open by leverage.
2.
to get, separate, or ferret out with difficulty:
to pry a secret out of someone; We finally pried them away from the TV.
noun, plural pries.
3.
a tool, as a crowbar, for raising, moving, or opening something by leverage.
4.
the leverage exerted.
Origin
1800-10; back formation from prize3, taken as a plural noun or 3rd person singular verb

pree

or prie

[pree] /pri/ Scot. and North England
noun
1.
a test, trial, or taste; a test by sampling.
verb (used with object), preed, preeing.
2.
to try, test, or taste.
Idioms
3.
pree the mouth of, Scot. to kiss.
Origin
1690-1700; shortened form of preive, Middle English preve (noun), preven (v.) < Old French pr(o)eve, preuver; see prove
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  • He took a pole, pried off the log and rolled it into the water.

  • This they pried up, but it required all their strength to lift and stand it on edge.

    Welsh Fairy Tales William Elliott Griffis
  • He pried open the eating orifice and inspected it carefully.

    Anything You Can Do ... Gordon Randall Garrett
  • There were such a bewildering lot of them, now that I had pried open my eyes.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Old King Brady had all kinds of trouble opening the thing, but at last the lid was pried back, and sure enough money was revealed.

    The Bradys' Chinese Clew Francis Worcester Doughty
  • "Room to rent," says I, for it looked like we'd pried open a vacant flat.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • We then pried his mouth open, and kept it open with a small stick.

British Dictionary definitions for pried

pry1

/praɪ/
verb pries, prying, pried
1.
(intransitive) often foll by into. to make an impertinent or uninvited inquiry (about a private matter, topic, etc)
noun (pl) pries
2.
the act of prying
3.
a person who pries
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin

pry2

/praɪ/
verb pries, prying, pried
1.
to force open by levering
2.
(US & Canadian) to extract or obtain with difficulty: they had to pry the news out of him
Equivalent term (in Britain and other countries) prise
Word Origin
C14: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for pried

pry

v.

"look inquisitively," c.1300, from prien "to peer in," of unknown origin, perhaps related to late Old English bepriwan "to wink." Related: Pried; prying. As a noun, "act of prying," from 1750; meaning "inquisitive person" is from 1845.

"raise by force," 1823, from a noun meaning "instrument for prying, crowbar;" alteration of prize (as though it were a plural) in obsolete sense of "lever" (c.1300), from Old French prise "a taking hold, grasp" (see prize (n.2)).

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