Dan Price (thwack) wrote,
Dan Price

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"pry" vs. "probably"

Here's your free English lesson for the day.

Main Entry: 1pry
Pronunciation: 'prI
Function: intransitive verb
Inflected Form(s): pried; pry·ing
Etymology: Middle English prien
Date: 14th century
: to look closely or inquisitively; also : to make a nosy or presumptuous inquiry

Main Entry: 2pry
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): pried; pry·ing
Etymology: probably back-formation from 5prize
Date: circa 1806
1 : to raise, move, or pull apart with a lever : PRIZE
2 : to extract, detach, or open with difficulty <pried the secret out of my sister>

Main Entry: 3pry
Function: noun
Date: 1823
1 : a tool for prying

If you use the word "pry" when talking to me, you'd BETTER have a definition in mind from ABOVE this line.

Main Entry: prob·a·bly
Pronunciation: 'prä-b&-blE, 'prä(b)-blE
Function: adverb
Date: 1613
: insofar as seems reasonably true, factual, or to be expected : without much doubt <is probably happy> <it will probably rain>
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