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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 years have brought the addition of new captain's quarters scenes, skeleton parrots, three different Captain Jack Sparrow figures, and nearly 400,000 gold coins, among other oddities. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Fifty Years Ago, Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean Revolutionized Theme Park Rides," 17 Mar. 2017 When Jackson died in 1845, thousands of people gathered to pay a final tribute — along with one talking parrot that was apparently riled up by the crowds. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "A history of White House profanity — and one cursing presidential parrot," 12 Jan. 2018 The crowned parrots kissing the pearl is so endearing and symbolic to me. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "All the Jewels Louise Linton Wore to Her Wedding," 19 June 2017 Cassie and spouse Kate Carstens are the power couple of Cape parrot research. National Geographic, "Africa's Most Endangered Parrot Fighting for Survival," 11 May 2018 An Illinois man trapped deep in mud while trying to save his pet parrot was rescued Sunday. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Firefighters rescue Illinois man trapped waist-deep in mud while trying to save pet parrot," 15 Aug. 2018 There’s even a silhouette of Jafar’s parrot Iago flying above the skyline. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Disney's Live-Action Aladdin Remake Already Has a Teaser Trailer," 12 Oct. 2018 Demonstrating that the collection didn’t take itself too seriously, at one point a model in a gray tuxedo and sneakers strutted out with a real parrot sitting on her shoulder. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior and Gucci theatrically kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018

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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 Trump’s words have been parroted by other people accused of unsavory acts in recent months. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "Man accused of groping woman on flight invokes Trump," 23 Oct. 2018 Afternoon tea and accompanying sandwiches are still served on a daily basis in the pink-and-green-adorned drawing room of the main clubhouse, which also features a resident Amazon parrot named Alonso. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "How Bermuda's Legendary Coral Beach & Tennis Club Is Welcoming a New Crowd," 24 Aug. 2018 Reporters who have ventured out to talk to Republicans have likely discovered the common belief among such voters that media professionals are almost entirely lined up in opposition to Mr. Trump and tend to parrot each other’s attacks. James Freeman, WSJ, "Trump’s Honeymoon with Media Almost Over," 13 Aug. 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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