verb par·ry \ˈper-ē, ˈpa-rē\

: 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

intransitive verb
:  to ward off a weapon or blow
:  to evade or turn aside something
transitive verb
:  to ward off (as a blow)
:  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

Rhymes with PARRY


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