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Synonyms for prying

Noun

1. nosiness, prying, snoopiness, curiousness, inquisitiveness
usage: offensive inquisitiveness

Verb

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"

Adjective

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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