adverb see prying

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pryingly — Pry ing*ly, adv. In a prying manner. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pryingly — adverb in a curious and prying manner Do you have a boyfriend, she asked her prospective tenant pryingly • Derived from adjective: ↑prying …   Useful english dictionary

  • pryingly — See prying. * * * …   Universalium

  • pryingly — adv. inquisitively, in a nosy manner, curiously, in a meddlesome manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pryingly — pry·ing·ly …   English syllables

  • 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

  • peep — peep1 /peep/, v.i. 1. to look through a small opening or from a concealed location. 2. to look slyly, pryingly, or furtively. 3. to look curiously or playfully. 4. to come partially into view; begin to appear: the first crocuses peeping through… …   Universalium

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

  • pry — pry1 verb (pries, prying, pried) enquire too intrusively into a person s private affairs. Derivatives prying adjective pryingly adverb Origin ME (in the sense peer inquisitively ): of unknown origin. pry2 verb ( …   English new terms dictionary

  • peep — I [[t]pip[/t]] v. i. 1) to look through a small opening or from a concealed location 2) to look slyly, pryingly, or furtively 3) to look curiously or playfully 4) to come partially into view; begin to appear 5) to show or protrude slightly 6) a… …   From formal English to slang

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