or pry·er



a person who pries; a curious or inquisitive person.

Nearby words

  1. pride, thomas,
  2. pride-of-california,
  3. prideful,
  4. prie,
  5. prie-dieu,
  6. priest,
  7. priest-hole,
  8. priest-ridden,
  9. priestcraft,
  10. priestess

Origin of prier

First recorded in 1545–55; pry1 + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prier

  • The butler foraged in the coat closet and presently emerged with a prier.

    The Pagan Madonna|Harold MacGrath
  • The King was much annoyed, but Talleyrand politely requested him and Prier not to make so much noise about the fortresses.

    Talleyrand|Joseph McCabe

British Dictionary definitions for prier




a person who pries
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for prier



"one who pries," 1550s, agent noun from pry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper