What Does Pry Mean?


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The word pry may take on a number of meanings deepening on the context in which it is used. As an intransitive verb it has come to mean looking or inquiring closely, impertinently or curiously. When used as a noun it may refer to the act of prying. It may also refer to a person which is excessively or impertinently inquisitive.

The term has its roots in the Middle English word prien.

It could also be used as a transitive verb to mean raising, moving, or forcing open by means of a lever. A synonym for it would be the prize. It could also mean obtaining with difficulty or effort. In this sense of the term as a noun it would mean something (a crowbar, for instance) which is used to apply leverage.

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