Tikibu: pronunciation dictionary with use examples

Word: prying
IPA transcription: [pɹ'aɪɪŋ]
adverb meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: nosy, nosey, prying, snoopy
    Meaning: offensively curious or inquisitive; "curious about the neighbor's doings"; "he flipped through my letters in his nosy way"; "prying eyes"; "the snoopy neighbor watched us all day"
noun meaning of the word
  • Synonyms: nosiness, prying, snoopiness
    Meaning: offensive inquisitiveness
Usage examples
  • 'Such nasty, prying ways,' said Mrs Biddle, 'will never make you successful in life.
  • She repented of her foolish curiosity, and cursed her desire of prying into the affairs of her brother and sister-in-law.
  • It looked for all the world as though they had something to conceal; Czarist Russia couldn't beat that for keeping track of people and prying into their business.
  • They were sounds occasioned by the artist in prying open the oblong box, by means of a chisel and mallet--the latter being apparently muffled, or deadened, by some soft woollen or cotton substance in which its head was enveloped.
  • Esther was of a dark complexion, a true brunette and very sturdy; Angelica the brightest red and the most exactly like her mother; while Selwyn was the smallest cub, of a very prying, inquisitive and cunning temper, but delicate and undersized.