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
1 : to ward off a weapon or blow
2 : to evade or turn aside something
1 : to ward off (as a blow)
2 : to evade especially by an adroit answer <parried the question>
Examples of parry
He parried the thrust of his opponent's sword.
He parried and then threw a punch.
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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