par·​rot | \ ˈper-ət How to pronounce parrot (audio) , ˈpa-rət \

Definition of parrot

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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 Recent lamps for sale: a pair of three-armed Dutch wall sconces ($1,800) and some 18th-century Chinese turquoise ceramic parrot lamps ($2,800) with handmade silk shades. Hilary Reid And Louis Cheslaw, Curbed, "The Best Homeware Stores in New York," 29 Mar. 2021 Foster Parrots was founded in 1989 by Marc Johnson, who acquired his first parrot while teaching pottery in Cambridge., "Rhode Island bird sanctuary vows to rebuild after last week’s fire leaves 96 animals dead," 8 Apr. 2021 But Quincy’s alligator has nothing on Andrew Jackson’s parrot. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, "Then and Now: Pets," 1 Apr. 2021 Jackson’s propensity for swearing must have rubbed off on his pet, because the parrot unexpectedly launched into a blasphemous tirade. Maurizio Valsania, The Conversation, "All American presidents have made spectacles of themselves – and there’s nothing wrong with that," 18 Mar. 2021 Chris Westerman, a software engineer from Greenbelt, goes to the Board and Brew every Saturday to get some time away from his quarantine companion, a parrot named Pesto. Washington Post, "As Maryland relaxes capacity limits, businesses proceed with caution," 13 Mar. 2021 Even without the promise of a reward for themselves, seven out of eight of the African grey parrot donors passed some of their available tokens through the transfer hole to their broke partners, usually shuttling them beak to beak. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Parrots Will Share Currency to Help Their Pals Purchase Food," 9 Jan. 2020 One of them was shirtless and had a colorful parrot on his shoulder. Ann Patchett, Harper's Magazine, "These Precious Days," 5 Jan. 2021 The kakapo, which prevailed on Monday, is a hefty, loud parrot with a distinctive scent, which was brought from the brink of extinction in the 1990s but remains endangered. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Fat, flightless parrot named Bird of the Year after a campaign tainted by voter fraud," 16 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Moose was concerned that drug companies were not helping their own cause and seemed incapable of doing anything but parrot old talking points about intellectual property as the driver of innovation. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "How Bill Gates Impeded Global Access to Covid Vaccines," 12 Apr. 2021 His colleagues continue to parrot vague talking points about innovation as the only reasonable solution for climate action. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Marco Rubio Is No More Pro-Labor Than He Is Pro-Climate," 12 Mar. 2021 But the president, obsessed with Biden’s narrow victory over him in this conservative state, attacked Georgia Republicans who didn’t parrot his own baseless election claims. Anchorage Daily News, "How Trump’s single-minded focus on election fraud cost Republicans in Georgia," 10 Jan. 2021 Others have gone on television to parrot the president’s baseless conspiracy theories about vote-rigging. Anchorage Daily News, "In challenging election defeat, Trump cements his control over the Republican Party," 12 Dec. 2020 Such declarations parrot Trump’s own words and actions. The Editors, Scientific American, "On November 3, Vote to End Attacks on Science," 9 Oct. 2020 Trump has spent his first term calling them the enemy of the people and certainly many of his supporters parrot that assessment. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Trump tweeted his COVID test news. But you need to read beyond Twitter for the whole story," 3 Oct. 2020 To occasionally buck conventional wisdom, not to parrot it. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, "If Biden becomes 'Shutdown Joe' he will hand Trump a powerful opening," 25 Aug. 2020 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

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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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23 Apr 2021

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“Parrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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