Synonyms of prying


1. nosiness, prying, snoopiness, curiousness, inquisitiveness

usage: offensive inquisitiveness


1. pry, prise, prize, lever, jimmy, open, open up

usage: to move or force, especially in an effort to get something open; "The burglar jimmied the lock": "Raccoons managed to pry the lid off the garbage pail"

2. pry, ask, inquire, enquire

usage: be nosey; "Don't pry into my personal matters!"

3. intrude, horn in, pry, nose, poke, search, look

usage: search or inquire in a meddlesome way; "This guy is always nosing around the office"

4. pry, prise, extort, wring from

usage: make an uninvited or presumptuous inquiry; "They pried the information out of him"


1. nosy, nosey, prying, snoopy, curious (vs. incurious)

usage: 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"

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Definition and meaning of prying (Dictionary)