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noun (n)

  • a heavy iron lever with one end forged into a wedge (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • A lever; also, leverage. (noun)
    source: webster1913
  • Curious inspection; impertinent peeping. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open (
    Synonym: jimmy, lever, prise, prize
    Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail.
    source: wordnet30
  • be nosey (verb.communication)
    Don't pry into my personal matters!.
    source: wordnet30
  • search or inquire in a meddlesome way (verb.perception)
    Synonym: horn in, intrude, nose, poke
    source: wordnet30
  • make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry (verb.creation)
    Synonym: prise
    source: wordnet30
  • To raise or move, or attempt to raise or move, with a pry or lever; to prize. (verb)
    source: webster1913
  • To peep narrowly; to gaze; to inspect closely; to attempt to discover something by a scrutinizing curiosity; -- often implying reproach. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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