|Origin:||prize 'to force up' (17-21 centuries), from prize 'lever' (14-20 centuries), from Old French prise 'act of seizing'|
pry past tense and past participle pried, present participle prying, third person singular pries
to try to find out details about someone else's private life in an impolite way:
I don't want to pry, but I need to ask you one or two questions.
reporters prying into the affairs of celebrities
2 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] especially American English
to force something open, or force it away from something else [= prize British English]
pry something open/away/off etc
We finally managed to pry the door open with a screwdriver.
in private, where people cannot see what you are doing
pry something out of somebody/somethingphrasal verb
If you want to know his name, you have to pry it out of her.