Pries vs Prise - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between pries and prise
is that pries
is while prise
As an adjective prise is
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
From (etyl) pryen, . More at (l).
To look where one is not welcome; to be nosey.
To look closely and curiously at.
- Watch thou and wake when others be asleep, / To pry into the secrets of the state.
The act of prying
An excessively inquisitive person
1800, ("lever"), construed as a plural noun or as a 3rd person singular verb.
To use leverage to open or widen. (See also prise and prize.)
* (verb) prize
(obsolete) An enterprise.
To force (open) with a lever; to pry.
- 1919: I think he must have been trying to prise open that box yonder when he was attacked. — , The Quest of the Sacred Slipper
- c. 1925: Come, force the gates with crowbars, prise them apart! — Jack Lindsay, translation of Lysistrata
- 2004: Most people used pliers, scissors, rubber gloves and knives to try to prise open products. — BBC News