Prying
Prying Pry"ing, a. Inspecting closely or impertinently. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Inquisitive; curious. See {Inquisitive}. [1913 Webster]


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  • prying — index encroachment, interest (concern), interrogative, obtrusive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • prying — *curious, inquisitive, snoopy, nosy Analogous words: meddlesome, officious, *impertinent, intrusive, obtrusive …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prying — [prī′iŋ] adj. [prp. of PRY2] improperly curious or inquisitive SYN. CURIOUS pryingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • Prying — Pry Pry, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pried}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prying}.] To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or lever; to prize. [Local, U. S. & Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prying — adj. Prying is used with these nouns: ↑eye …   Collocations dictionary

  • prying — pry [1] ► VERB (pries, pried) ▪ enquire too intrusively into a person s private affairs. DERIVATIVES prying adjective. ORIGIN of unknown origin …   English terms dictionary

  • prying — I noun offensive inquisitiveness • Syn: ↑nosiness, ↑snoopiness • Derivationally related forms: ↑snoopy (for: ↑snoopiness), ↑pry, ↑no …   Useful english dictionary

  • prying — adjective Date: 1552 inquisitive in an annoying, officious, or meddlesome way Synonyms: see curious • pryingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prying — pryingly, adv. pryingness, n. /pruy ing/, adj. 1. that pries; looking or searching curiously. 2. impertinently or unnecessarily curious or inquisitive. [1950 55; PRY1 + ING2] Syn. 1. peeping, peering, peeking. 2. nosy. See curious. * * * …   Universalium

  • prying — Synonyms and related words: busy, busybody, curious, delving, digging, fishing, forward, impertinent, in search of, inquisitive, inquisitorial, loaded for bear, looking for, meddlesome, meddling, nosy, obtrusive, officious, out for, out for bear …   Moby Thesaurus

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