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parry

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verb par·ry \ˈper-ē, ˈpa-rē\

Simple Definition of parry

  • : to defend yourself by turning or pushing aside (a punch, a weapon, etc.)

  • : to avoid giving a direct answer to (a question) by being skillful or clever

Full Definition of parry

par·riedpar·ry·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ward off a weapon or blow

  3. 2 :  to evade or turn aside something

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to ward off (as a blow)

  6. 2 :  to evade especially by an adroit answer <parried the question>

parry noun

Examples of parry

  1. He parried the thrust of his opponent's sword.

  2. He parried and then threw a punch.

  3. She cleverly parried the reporters' questions.



Origin of parry

probably from French parez, imperative of parer to parry, from Old Occitan parar, from Latin parare to prepare — more at pare


First Known Use: 1672

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