prey

[ prey ]
/ preɪ /
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noun

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. prewashed,
  2. preworn,
  3. prewriting,
  4. prex,
  5. prexy,
  6. prey on,
  7. prez,
  8. prezzie,
  9. prf,
  10. prf.

Origin of prey

1200–50; Middle English preye < Old French < Latin praeda booty, prey; akin to prehendere to grasp, seize (see prehension)

Related formsprey·er, nounun·prey·ing, adjective

Can be confusedpray prayer prey

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British Dictionary definitions for prey

prey

/ (preɪ) /

noun

verb (intr; often foll by on or upon)

Derived Formspreyer, noun

Word Origin for prey

C13: from Old French preie, from Latin praeda booty; see predatory

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