par·rot | \ ˈper-ət , 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

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

In 2013, a photographer captured seventeen seconds of footage of the night parrot, whose continued existence had been rumored but unproven for almost a century. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger," 16 Jan. 2012 The nonprofit will team with the shopping mall to bring nearly two dozen rescue groups and shelters with hundreds of adoptable dogs, some cats and even parrots to the fourth annual Dog Days of Summer MEGA Adoption Event. Karen Pearlman,, "Rescue event for animals at Grossmont Center coming soon," 25 June 2018 Nearby, Victoria Butterfly Gardens complements Butchart’s vivid flora with a glimpse into the life of winged creatures, from colorful butterflies and moths to even more vibrant macaws and parrots. Alex Pulaski,, "Seeking a short cruise that's a bargain to boot? Check out repositioning trips, available as lines shift their ships to other ports," 20 June 2018 As with every emoji release, there's an element of curiosity: How did Unicode make its decisions, some of which (really, a parrot emoji?) seem random in the larger scheme of essential messaging iconography?, "The Best Part Of The New Emoji Are The Proposals Fighting For Their Existence," 7 June 2018 Karen Abbott | Topic | May 1, 2018 | 8 minutes (2,054 words) On the not-so-surprisingly tight bonds between parrot enthusiasts and their feathered friends. Longreads, "The Top 5 Longreads of the Week," 1 May 2018 Kids played on a jungle gym alongside more than a dozen dogs, chickens, two parrots and a goose. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "Lava from Kilauea volcano destroys more homes on the Big Island," 7 May 2018 But the Korafe are wearing their own authentic festive gear—just as a Scot might don his kilt for Hogmanay—made from pig horns, parrot feathers, and cassowary plumes. Sophy Roberts, Condé Nast Traveler, "Navigating Tradition and Tourism in Papua New Guinea," 3 May 2018 The parrot is a Catalina macaw named Zsa Zsa and is from the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. Mike Bianchi,, "Former UCF coordinator wants no part of "national championship" rings, but he kept the bonus," 27 Apr. 2018

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The man was obviously parroting former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who had uttered the same sound on Fox News several days earlier, during a discussion about migrant children being seized from their parents at the border. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "Man arrested after shouting ‘womp, womp’ and pulling a gun on immigration protesters," 1 July 2018 And algae grazing, in which species like parrot fish nibble away algae and dead coral from the reefs stimulating new coral growth, happened 3.2 times as often around the birdy banks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018 But unlike Bolton's comment, the President knew Pence would offer the remark in his Fox interview, a senior White House official said, and Pence was merely parroting Trump's comment from the previous week. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Bolton sidelined as Trump readies for North Korea," 4 June 2018 Within just four days, Senate Majority PAC, Democrats’ top outside group focused on Senate races, parroted the charges almost to the letter in a new ad. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Like Bush and Obama, Trump gets stuck on immigration," 21 June 2018 Then-general manager Pete D'Alessandro parroted him. Mark Selig,, "Think teams have gotten smarter in the NBA draft? Think again.," 20 June 2018 The broadsides have been mimicked by politicians and others running for elected office around the country, and parroted by foreign leaders around the world, many with poor human rights records and reputations. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "Trump admitted he attacks press to shield himself from negative coverage, 60 Minutes reporter says," 22 May 2018 Russia and its puppets have been persistently attacking Dr. Rodchenkov for too long, most recently with this frivolous lawsuit that parrots the Kremlin’s slander. Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, "Russian doping whistleblower countersues Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov, three Olympic biathletes," 30 Apr. 2018 At Tuesday’s Senate hearing, expect Azar to parrot Trump’s claims that a sweeping, historic revolution is underway. David Lazarus,, "Limit drug prices? Trump's health secretary calls the idea 'superficially appealing'," 26 June 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)

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


par·rot | \ ˈper-ət \

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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