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parrot

noun par·rot \ ˈper-ət , ˈpa-rət \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of parrot

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

parrot

adjective

Recent Examples of parrot from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of parrot

probably modification of Middle French perroquet


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parrot

verb

Definition of parrot

transitive verb
: to repeat by rote

Examples of parrot in a Sentence

  1. Some of the students were just parroting what the teacher said.

  2. the toddler parroted everything her father said, often to the latter's embarrassment

Recent Examples of parrot from the Web

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First Known Use of parrot

1596

parrot Synonyms

Synonyms
ditto, echo, repeat, quote, reecho
Related Words
mouth; ape, copy, copycat, emulate, imitate, mime, mimic

PARROT Defined for English Language Learners

parrot

noun

Definition of parrot for English Language Learners

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


parrot

verb

Definition of parrot for English Language Learners

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


PARROT Defined for Kids

parrot

noun par·rot \ ˈper-ət \

Definition of parrot for Students

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


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