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PRY (pried)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does pry mean? 

PRY (noun)
  The noun PRY has 1 sense:

1. a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge

  Familiarity information: PRY used as a noun is very rare.


PRY (verb)
  The verb PRY has 4 senses:

1. to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open
2. be nosey
3. search or inquire in a meddlesome way
4. make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry

  Familiarity information: PRY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRY (noun)


Sense 1pry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

crowbar; pry; pry bar; wrecking bar

Hypernyms ("pry" is a kind of...):

lever (a rigid bar pivoted about a fulcrum)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "pry"):

jim crow (a crowbar fitted with a claw for pulling nails)

jemmy; jimmy (a short crowbar)


PRY (verb)


Sense 1pry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To move or force, especially in an effort to get something open

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

jimmy; lever; prise; pry; prize

Context examples:

The burglar jimmied the lock / Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail

Hypernyms (to "pry" is one way to...):

open; open up (cause to open or to become open)

"Pry" entails doing...:

loose; loosen (make loose or looser)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2pry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be nosey

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

Don't pry into my personal matters!

Hypernyms (to "pry" is one way to...):

ask; enquire; inquire (inquire about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3pry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Search or inquire in a meddlesome way

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

horn in; nose; poke; intrude; pry

Context example:

This guy is always nosing around the office

Hypernyms (to "pry" is one way to...):

look; search (search or seek)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4pry [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

prise; pry

Context example:

They pried the information out of him

Hypernyms (to "pry" is one way to...):

extort; wring from (get or cause to become in a difficult or laborious manner)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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