par·​rot | \ ˈper-ət How to pronounce parrot (audio) , ˈpa-rət\

Definition of parrot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : any of numerous widely distributed tropical birds (order Psittaciformes and especially family Psittacidae) that are often crested and brightly colored, have a distinctive stout hooked bill and zygodactyl feet, and include some excellent mimics
2 : a person who sedulously echoes another's words


parroted; parroting; parrots

Definition of parrot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to repeat by rote

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parrot adjective

Synonyms for parrot

Synonyms: Verb

ditto, echo, quote, reecho, repeat

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Examples of parrot in a Sentence


Some of the students were just parroting what the teacher said. the toddler parroted everything her father said, often to the latter's embarrassment

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Roseberry said one new attraction this year were a parrot and a ball python from Brookfield Zoo. Jesse Wright,, "Children’s Safety Expo draws dozens to Pleasantdale Middle School," 10 June 2019 Now, instead of openly displaying illicit goods, shop owners may, for example, display a pet parrot as a coded signal to customers. National Geographic, "Poaching threatens South America's only bear species," 31 May 2019 Introduce this cheese sauce to the parrot’s beak egg whites, and your cheese souffle is underway. Martha Holmberg, Twin Cities, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Introduce this cheese sauce to the parrot’s beak egg whites, and your cheese souffle is underway. Martha Holmberg, The Denver Post, "The secret to a light, airy, textbook souffle? Stop trying so hard.," 5 June 2019 Norfolk Island, about 900 kilometers to the north, hosts related subspecies of parrots, owls, and several other birds that once made their home on Lord Howe. John Pickrell, Science | AAAS, "Mass rodent poisoning on this remote Australian island could bring back giant stick insect," 5 June 2019 Humans, parrots and elephants are all vocal learners. Quanta Magazine, "The Beasts That Keep the Beat," 22 Mar. 2016 Many clearly formed lasting relationships with humans: for example, the Yanomamo of South America taught their parrots to talk. Longreads, "The Way We Treat Our Pets Is More Paleolithic Than Medieval," 22 Mar. 2018 And ahead of actual product launch, as people built bunk beds and slept in-house, staff mostly forgot to care for the various pets (mostly rabbits and parrots) that had been welcomed into the offices to keep them magical. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "General Magic—how tech superfriends assembled, dreamt up smartphones, and failed," 12 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The question parroted fake news, spread around Brazil, that d’Ávila had splurged on baby products abroad. Olivia Goldhill, Quartz, "Propaganda spread by data “bombs” pushed Brazil’s far-right president to power," 10 July 2019 Ever since then, in response to each mass shooting, pro-gun pundits, politicians, and social media users parrot some version of the slogan, followed by calls to arm the teachers, arm the churchgoers, or arm the office workers. Susanna Lee, Quartz, "How the ‘good guy with a gun’ became a deadly American fantasy," 7 June 2019 Before the execution can occur, however, the king’s parrot finds a peach clinging to a fragment of a tablet. Luc Sante, Harper's magazine, "A Crew of Variegated Weirdos," 10 Jan. 2019 Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton parroted Harris on Wednesday, days after her claims were debunked. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Kamala Harris' edited Kavanaugh video, 'made-for-TV' questions draw scrutiny," 13 Sep. 2018 Unlike most 2020 contenders, Ms. Klobuchar hasn’t parroted lefty slogans. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Case for Amy Klobuchar," 10 Feb. 2019 Later, congressional investigators would parrot the identical query to their subpoenaed witnesses. Tom Nolan, WSJ, "‘Hollywood Godfather’ Review: Shaking Down Tinseltown," 27 Dec. 2018 This outlandish allegation was put forth without any credible supporting evidence and simply parroted public statements of others. Stavros Agorakis, Vox, "Read the full transcript of Sen. Collins’s speech announcing she’ll vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh," 5 Oct. 2018 These teens don’t emptily parrot these sentiments, Bob says, but start exploring and researching it in their own lives. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of parrot


circa 1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1596, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parrot


probably modification of Middle French perroquet

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English Language Learners Definition of parrot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bright-colored tropical bird that has a curved bill and the ability to imitate speech



English Language Learners Definition of parrot (Entry 2 of 2)

disapproving : to repeat (something, such as words, ideas, etc.) without understanding the meaning


par·​rot | \ ˈper-ət How to pronounce parrot (audio) \

Kids Definition of parrot

: a brightly colored tropical bird that has a strong hooked bill and is sometimes trained to imitate human speech

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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