Definition of prying in English:

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prying

Pronunciation: /ˈprīiNG/

adjective

Excessively interested in a person’s private affairs; too inquisitive: she felt there was no place where she could escape from the prying eyes a certain kind of prying journalism
More example sentences
  • A slum dweller has no door to slam in the face of prying reporters.
  • Their nuclear manipulations will be free from prying eyes.
  • The cities had also acquired a political conscience to protect themselves from prying princes.

Derivatives

pryingly

Pronunciation: /ˈprīiNGlē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘I believe you get the honor of renaming it then,’ Terelf said pryingly, ‘what will you name her?’
  • Or, these inseparable couples could be holding on for dear life, dangling just slightly above eye level so we look up at them pryingly, like equally helpless children.
  • Erica looked pryingly and Thomas began to tell her about most of the days events.

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Syllabification: pry·ing

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