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

Other Words from parrot


parrot adjective

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of parrot in a Sentence

Verb 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 In 1985, when Buffett was performing at Timberwolf Ampitheater, Timothy Schmidt, a former member of the Coral Reefer Band, noticed fans wearing parrot hats and Hawaiian shirts. Cierra Britten, The Enquirer, 19 July 2022 The burrowing parrots tunnel into the crumbling sandstone cliffs of El Cóndor, home of the largest parrot colony in the world. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 9 July 2022 Do some parrot siblings in the birth order benefit more than others from additional corticosterone? Grrlscientist, Forbes, 21 June 2022 All-day dining is also available in the mansion, and breakfast is served in the Garden Nook featuring Pierre Frey parrot-themed wallpaper. Anna Mazurek, Chron, 22 July 2022 But a parrot that walks on three limbs defies the expectations. New York Times, 16 July 2022 Psittacosaurus measured almost 7 feet long and was noteworthy for its high and narrow skull with a parrot-like beak. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 June 2022 The parrot species is native to South America, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago, and is a popular exotic pet due to the bird's high intelligence and ability to mimic what people say. Vanessa Etienne,, 14 June 2022 Resorts, liquor, casinos, RV parks and myriad minutiae bear the stamp of a parrot and palm tree synonymous with the singer’s multibillion dollar empire. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s a key talking point the Sacklers’ lawyers parrot over and over again. Danny Strong, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 Since 2020, my office has certainly seen an uptick in social media trolling, aggrieved emails, and calls into our office, and other communications that parrot the misinformation circulating widely in the national discourse. Wired, 22 July 2022 Republican voters in this week’s primary races demonstrated a willingness to nominate candidates who parrot Donald J. Trump’s election lies and who appear intent on exerting extraordinary political control over voting systems. New York Times, 18 May 2022 Axios parrot Biden's 'ultra-MAGA' label to target certain GOPers. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 20 May 2022 The comment left many people — including me — ice cold, since to deploy Malinche’s name as an insult is to parrot a gross misogynist trope. Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 Finally, Putin and his cronies have seized the opportunity to silence the few outlets in the country brave enough to not parrot the official line. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 9 Mar. 2022 And, of course, so does Vladimir Putin, which is why Carlson (and others) parrot it. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 14 Mar. 2022 Misinformation researchers say the accounts frequently parrot misleading or false talking points that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his top deputies have used to justify the conflict. Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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