Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Pry \Pry\, v. i. [OE. prien. Cf. Peer to peep.]
To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to
discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often
implying reproach. `` To pry upon the stars.''
Watch thou and wake when others be asleep,
To pry into the secrets of the state.
Pry \Pry\, n. Curious inspection; impertinent peeping.
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.]
Pry \Pry\, n. [Corrupted fr. prize a lever. See Prize, n.] A lever; also, leverage. [Local, U. S. & Eng.]
Pry pole, the pole which forms the prop of a hoisting gin, and stands facing the windlass.
PRY may refer to:
- Perry Barr railway station, England; National Rail station code PRY
- The IATA code for Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria, South Africa
- Pry (Better Interactive Ruby Shell) - Read, Evaluate, and Print Ruby code (better than irb)
Pry is an interactive shell for the Ruby programming language. It is notable for its Smalltalk-inspired ability to start a REPL within a running program. This lets programmers debug and modify the current state of a system.
Pry can refer to:
- Pry (software)
- Polly Pry
- Paul Pry (play)
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"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)).
be nosey; "Don't pry into my personal matters!"
make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him" [syn: prise]
Etymology 1 n. 1 The act of prying 2 An excessively inquisitive person vb. 1 To look where one is not welcome; to be nosey. 2 To look closely and curiously at. Etymology 2
n. 1 A lever. 2 leverage. vb. To use leverage to open or widen. (See also prise and prize.)
Usage examples of "pry".
Glumly he dug the large bottle out of his pocket, pried off the lid, and poured a fistful of antacid tablets into his palm.
In each I could hear the arthritic creaking of the attic rafters as the wind pushed at the gables and pounded on the roof and pried at the eaves.
But hee returning against them with furious force, pryed with his eyes, on whom hee might first assayle with his tuskes : Lepolemus strooke the beast first on the backe with his hunting staffe.
He bagged some urchins and sea cucumbers, but the crabs were elusive, and when he swam along the edge of the bay with his knife unsheathed to pry off the purple scallops, fierce currents threatened to drag him against the rocks.
No pressure of the Bene Gesserit, no trickery or artifice could pry them completely free from Arrakis: the spice was addictive.
Deevee tried to pry himself loose as the blob began to creep up his silver legs.
William Pry and Violet Seymour, creatures of habit, had joined in the seething game of the spectators, unable to resist the overwhelming desire to gaze upon themselves entering, as bride and bridegroom, the rose-decked church.
So they tended to do their most interesting things away from the house, and Dor had learned not to pry.
Twice when the dustman is called in to carry off a cartload of old paper, ashes, and broken bottles, the whole court assembles and pries into the baskets as they come forth.
Lilith gasped as he pried her thighs apart and pressed his hard, engorged flesh into her again.
Deathstalker reached out with one feeder hand and pried open the covering of one optic organ.
I rummaged and rooted and pried, feeling as Flinders Petrie may have felt when he thrust his first torch into his first Egyptian burial chamber.
Tangled in it like a thrashing wild animal, he was pinned face down in the sand, and the gladius was pried from his hand.
The pains were an hour apart to begin with, then every fifteen minutes or so and every ten and so forth until at last it was just one long unbearable century or so of anguish while the thing that seemed to fill me from gullet to goolies, a thing with sharp hooves and needles like a porcupine, was being pried out by some invisible force using a battering ram and a fireplace poker.
A Centaurian navigator had gazed at this screen, running from his own devils, unsuccessfully, for the ship from which Guz had personally pried the unit had been a casualty.