pry1 / prī/ • v. (pries, pried) [intr.] inquire too closely into a person's private affairs: I'm sick of you prying into my personal life | [as adj.] (prying) she felt there was no place where she could escape from the prying eyes. DERIVATIVES: pry·ing·ly adv.pry2 • v. (pries, pried) [tr.] use force in order to move or open (something) or to separate (something) from something else: using a screwdriver, he pried open the window. ∎ (pry something out of/from) obtain something from (someone) with effort or difficulty: I got the loan, though I had to pry it out of him.