prey

[ prey ]
/ preɪ /

noun

verb (used without object)

Origin of prey

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

OTHER WORDS FROM prey

prey·er, nounun·prey·ing, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prey

pray prayer prey
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British Dictionary definitions for preying

prey
/ (preɪ) /

noun

verb (intr; often foll by on or upon)

Derived forms of prey

preyer, noun

Word Origin for prey

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