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 She was predeceased by her son, Jon H. Newton and her beloved parrot, Shadow., "Mary Louise Newton," 8 Sep. 2019 The parrot stood over 3 feet tall and weighed about 15.5 pounds, according to a study. Jack Guy, CNN, "A "monster penguin" as big as a human once lived in New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019 The parrot stood over 3 feet tall and weighed about 15 pounds, according to a study. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "‘Monster penguin’ as big as a human lived in New Zealand," 14 Aug. 2019 An illustration published in the study shows the prehistoric parrot coming up to a human’s belly button. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "When 'Squawkzilla' roamed the earth, some parrots were the size of toddlers, study says," 8 Aug. 2019 But that might not have been enough to satiate the giant parrot., "Now that’s a dead parrot (not to mention an extremely large one)," 7 Aug. 2019 Researchers have discovered the biggest parrot ever known—twice the size of its largest modern relative—along a river in southern New Zealand. Kelly Mayes, Science | AAAS, "This may be the largest parrot that ever lived," 6 Aug. 2019 The Tampa Bay Bucs have selected Zsa Zsa the parrot to make their fourth-round draft pick from the deck of the franchise’s pirate ship at Raymond James Stadium. Iliana Limón Romero,, "Parrot on pirate ship to announce Tampa Bay Bucs' fourth-round NFL draft pick," 24 Apr. 2018 Steve, an African Grey parrot, flew into the Swartzes' sanctuary a few years back and stayed after attempts to locate his family were ineffective. azcentral, "A red-brick ranch in Glendale is more than a home. Take a look inside the pet sanctuary and urban farm," 20 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meanwhile, the solutions offered by the pro-gun lobby, parroted by Trump on Monday morning—a stronger death penalty, restrictions on video games—will change nothing. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "After El Paso and Dayton, Three Ways to Think About Mass Shootings," 6 Aug. 2019 More suspect than these series were the critics quick to parrot the networks’ marketing-speak. Adam Wilson, Harper's magazine, "Good Bad Bad Good," 16 Sep. 2019 In Russia, as writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn noted with regret, the clerical compromise with power was more abject than in Poland: the Russian Orthodox church escaped near annihilation in the early 1960s by agreeing to parrot Soviet foreign policy. The Economist, "Church leaders in central and eastern Europe remain surprisingly loth to condemn their old adversary," 11 Aug. 2019 The document parroted some of President Donald Trump's divisive rhetoric about immigration, leading El Paso residents, protesters and Democrats to blame Trump for inflaming political and racial tensions throughout the country. Jake Bleiberg And Cedar Attanasio, Houston Chronicle, "Grand jury indicts man on capital murder for El Paso attack," 12 Sep. 2019 Bodrozic said even local governments have begun putting pressure on journalists and regional media outlets to parrot politics rather than allow for impartial reporting, sometimes becoming a safety issue for news staff. Mythili Sampathkumar, Fortune, "Protests for Media Freedom Drag Into Sixth Month in Serbia," 4 June 2019 That product became Slack, a collaboration tool that lets coworkers send files, GIFs and party parrot emojis to each other. Seth Fiegerman, CNN, "Slack is now worth more than $20 billion," 20 June 2019 When some of these disenchanted, angry users decided to head for another digital home, Brennan was waiting, parroting the ever-shifting defenses of GamerGate and promising extremely limited oversight. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "The Weird, Dark History of 8chan," 6 Aug. 2019 Activists connected to those sites support the Trump campaign, often parroting Moscow’s criticism of the US, NATO and the general ills of Western society. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Mitch McConnell Didn’t Stop Obama from Doing Anything about Russia in 2016," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of parrot was circa 1525

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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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