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pryer

[prahy-er] /ˈpraɪ ər/
noun
1.

prier

or pryer

[prahy-er] /ˈpraɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person who pries; a curious or inquisitive person.
Origin of prier
1545-1555
1545-55; pry1 + -er1
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  • pryer was a much better man of business than he was, and would see to it all.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Ernest felt the force of this, and pryer saw that he wavered.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • And he was nice, and Ernest knew that such men as himself and pryer were not nice, and his old dejection came over him.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • He therefore called on pryer, and spent an hour and more with him.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • As for pryer himself, he had nothing but his curacy and a small allowance from his father.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • Perhaps pryer was going to break to him some bad news about his speculations.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • I may say here that neither I nor Ernest ever heard of pryer again, nor have any idea what became of him.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • If I see a listener or a pryer in at the chinks or lockhole, I am presently on the bones of him.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • Ernest broached this to pryer, who treated it as something too outrageous to be even thought of.

    The Way of All Flesh Samuel Butler
  • It was founded by Mr. pryer, in 1878, well up the bay, but was soon afterwards burnt to the ground.

    British Borneo W. H. Treacher
British Dictionary definitions for pryer

pryer

/ˈpraɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of prier

prier

/ˈpraɪə/
noun
1.
a person who pries
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Word Origin and History for pryer

prier

n.

"one who pries," 1550s, agent noun from pry.

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