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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
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
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  • She pried the headband off her head and put the hat back on the table.
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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