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

They are joined by her 15 cats, one dog and her beloved parrot Nureyev, who is named after the Soviet-era ballet star. Samantha Pearson, WSJ, "World’s Strangest Opera House, Deep in the Jungle, Makes Unusual Pitch to Locals," 22 May 2018 These birds were Carolina parakeets, America’s only native parrot. Kevin R. Burgio, Washington Post, "The mysterious and tragic story of the Carolina parakeet, America’s only native parrot," 31 Mar. 2018 The Carolina parakeet was the only parrot species native to the eastern United States, where its orange, green and yellow plumage lit up old forests along rivers from southern New York to the Gulf of Mexico. Mallorie Sullivan,, "The last Carolina parakeet ever, lost in memory and now just lost," 22 Feb. 2018 In the bedroom of her Vermont cottage, Benjamin Moore's Iron Mountain provides a dramatic contrast to the white leather Licari Design bed and colorful parrot-print coverlet from Studio Due. The Editors At House Beautiful, House Beautiful, "Top Pin of the Day: A Cozy Bedroom with a Dark Accent Wall," 22 Nov. 2013 On Wednesday, investigators seized 39 exotic cats, 20 kittens, 18 purebred dogs and 16 puppies, 14 chickens and an African grey parrot. Deasia Paige, Detroit Free Press, "'Hobby breeder' made 108 animals live in feces in Washtenaw Co. home," 22 June 2018 By Monday morning, Martinez saw Duricek's ad for a lost parrot on Craigslist and reached out to him. Chelsea Brasted,, "A lost bird, a bike crash and 2 good Samaritans: How a New Orleans parrot got back home," 2 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

An uncle would say something stupid, and Martinez would parrot it back perfectly, sending the room into fits. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, "How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night," 18 June 2018 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

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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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