How Do You Spell PRY?

Pronunciation: [pɹˈa͡ɪ] (IPA)

The word "pry" is spelled with the letters P-R-Y. Its IPA phonetic transcription is /praɪ/. This word is pronounced with a long "i" sound (/aɪ/) and a sharp "r" sound (/r/), followed by a voiced "y" sound (/j/). The spelling of "pry" is straightforward and easy to remember, as it follows the common English pattern of using the letter "y" as a vowel to represent the sound of a long "i" in certain words.

PRY Meaning and Definition

  1. Pry, as a verb, refers to the act of forcefully or persistently trying to obtain information, often by intrusively prying or inquiring into someone else's private matters. It involves seeking or uncovering confidential or secret information that may not be readily shared or disclosed willingly. It typically involves prying into a person's personal life, secrets, private affairs, or sensitive details that they may not want to reveal.

    In a broader sense, pry can also mean to use force or leverage to open or separate something that is tightly closed, locked, or stuck. It refers to the action of pulling or moving apart objects, containers, or structures that are firmly held together or sealed shut.

    As a noun, pry refers to a tool or instrument specifically designed for prying open or separating objects. It typically consists of a thin, flat, and angular piece of metal, often with a pointed end, used to manipulate or lift objects, remove nails, or force things apart.

    Overall, the term "pry" usually connotes a certain level of intrusion, persistence, or curiosity, suggesting a desire to uncover hidden information or gain access to someone's private matters without their permission or cooperation. It implies an active effort to probe, investigate, or snoop into areas of privacy that may be considered personal or confidential.

  2. • Prying.
    • To inspect narrowly or closely; to attempt to discover something with scrutinising curiosity.
    • Narrow inspection.

    Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Common Misspellings for PRY

Etymology of PRY

The word "pry" comes from the Middle English "pryen" which means "peep in or look closely". It can be traced back to the Old French word "prier" which means "to obtain by begging, to entreat". Ultimately, the word can be derived from the Latin word "precari" which means "to ask, to pray". The shift in meaning from "to entreat" to "to look closely" possibly occurred because the act of begging or asking for something often involves prying or investigating into someone else's affairs.

Idioms with the word PRY

  • pry sth up The idiom "pry sth up" means to forcibly lift or remove something using a lever or similar tool, often with some difficulty or resistance. It implies the act of exerting effort and force to separate or loosen an object that is stuck, fixed, or tightly secured.
  • pry sth from sth The idiom "pry sth from sth" means to forcibly or with difficulty remove or extract something from a particular place or person. It implies that the item or information being removed is being held tightly or closely guarded.
  • pry around The idiom "pry around" can be defined as the act of being inquisitive or nosy, attempting to discover or reveal information or secrets about someone or something. It refers to the behavior of prying or being overly curious about matters that are generally considered private or confidential.
  • pry sth from sm The idiom "pry something from someone" means to extract or obtain something from someone with difficulty, often when they are unwilling to give or share it. It implies that the person is tightly holding onto the thing and requires effort to make them release it.
  • pry into sth The idiom "pry into sth" means to intrude or interfere in someone's personal or private matters without their permission or invitation. It implies excessively curious or nosy behavior, attempting to uncover information that is not willingly shared.
  • pry sth off (of) sth The idiom "pry something off (of) something" refers to the act of forcefully removing or separating an object from another object or surface, typically using a tool for leverage or by applying pressure. It implies that the item is stubbornly attached and requires some effort to dislodge or detach it.

Similar spelling words for PRY

Plural form of PRY is PRIES

Conjugate verb Pry


I would have pried
you would have pried
he/she/it would have pried
we would have pried
they would have pried
I would have pry
you would have pry
he/she/it would have pry
we would have pry
they would have pry


I would have been prying
you would have been prying
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I would pry
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I would be prying
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I will pry
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I will be prying
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I will have pried
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I will have been prying
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you pry
we let´s pry


to pry


I was prying
you were prying
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I had pried
you had pried
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we had pried
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I had been prying
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I pry
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he/she/it pries
we pry
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I am prying
you are prying
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I have pried
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I have been prying
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