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

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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 Aniston plays with puppies, brings in dancing babies and talks to a red parrot to try and get Smartwater to go viral in this hectic yet hilarious commercial. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "The funniest celeb commercials, from Ja Rule's low-budget ad to Taylor Swift for Apple Music," 3 July 2020 The researchers discovered that the night parrot had eyes similar in size to other parrots. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Australia's rare, elusive night parrot may not see that well in the dark," 9 June 2020 The kaka, a large auburn parrot, is another Zealandia success story. Mara Johnson-groh, Popular Science, "New Zealand’s bold rat-control campaign sees its first wave of successes," 26 May 2020 Captain Daniel Zientek said the homeowners surrendered all of the animals except for some 30 parrots because of sentinel attachment. Fox News, "Nearly 200 animals rescued from Texas home, including rabbits, turkeys, exotic birds," 24 Jan. 2020 The largest evolutionary brain leap is evident in modern birds like parrots and corvids, the group that includes crows, ravens and other related birds. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "After the dinosaurs went extinct, some birds shrank in body size and kept big brains," 23 Apr. 2020 When: 7-9 p.m. Friday Where: 1500 McKinney Details: $15; Show features a cast of house cats, dogs, parrots and even geese and mice. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: Funfetti Fridays, Vision Wonderweek," 2 Jan. 2020 That’s in part based on the appearance of the fossils, and in part because some living relatives of dinosaurs, including parrots and snakes, have flexible skulls with bones that move. National Geographic, "A T. rex bite could have crushed a car. Here's how.," 25 Sep. 2019 This new study, performed by Brucks and coauthor Auguste M.P. von Bayernat at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Germany, documented African grey parrots helping companions get a snack. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, "For some African grey parrots, sharing is caring," 13 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Or perhaps the Bush administration, in adopting that argument, was parroting them. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, "Moving Backward: Hypocrisy and Human Rights," 3 June 2020 In an hour-long debate Tuesday night, the Waukesha Common Council as a whole favored repealing a city code that parroted previous state restrictions. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In a testy vote, Waukesha officials remove citywide coronavirus pandemic restrictions," 21 May 2020 These claims were duly parroted by the World Health Organization. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "China in 2020 Is Not Kansas in 1918," 4 May 2020 Some of the reports received by the advocacy groups describe harassment that appears to parrot Trump, Choi said. NBC News, "Asian Americans use social media to drown out bigotry," 6 Apr. 2020 Trump is now blaming China for not acting quickly to inform the world of exactly what was happening and halted U,S, contributions to the World Health Organization, accusing it of parroting Beijing. Time, "U.S. Tweets Support for Taiwan, Sparking Opposition From China," 2 May 2020 Plenty of other outlets have followed suit and parroted China’s bunk. Ken Langone, National Review, "It’s Time for the Press to Play by the Rules Too," 22 Apr. 2020 After weeks of elaborate praise of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s performance in the pandemic, Trump has turned to blaming China and halting U.S. contributions to the World Health Organization, accusing it of parroting misinformation from Beijing. Calvin Woodward, ajc, "Beijing pushes back on U.S. theory that virus originated in Chinese lab," 18 Apr. 2020 Fans, some of them little kids parroting what their parents were saying, called him vile names. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers Dugout: Celebrating Jackie Robinson Day," 15 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of parrot was circa 1525

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15 Jul 2020

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“Parrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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