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

Synonyms for parrot

Synonyms: Verb

ditto, 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

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 Snowball is not the only parrot with a hit dance video on the internet. Author: Jason Bittel, Anchorage Daily News, "Snowball the cockatoo taught himself 14 dance moves, scientists say," 9 July 2019 The monster penguin lived during the Paleocene period among other giant fauna native to New Zealand including parrots, eagles, and the Moa, a 12-foot tall bird. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Prehistoric Monster Penguins: Awesome, Terrifying, or Both?," 14 Aug. 2019 Andrew Jackson’s habit of cursing was revealed through much more prosaic means: The president, the story goes, kept a pet parrot who had picked up the obscenities of its owner along the way. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Currency of Profanity," 9 Aug. 2019 That's more than double the size of a normal parrot by today’s standards. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, "When 'Squawkzilla' roamed the earth, some parrots were the size of toddlers, study says," 8 Aug. 2019 This is the first example of a parrot following this pattern. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, "These Giant Parrots Once Roamed New Zealand," 6 Aug. 2019 Costumes included parrots, sharks, pirates, a sea captain with a '70s stache, and an astronaut. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heat wave and storms pass before Jimmy Buffett's joyous return to Alpine Valley Music Theatre," 21 July 2019 The small parrot, who can say her own name, likes to perch on Wolf’s shoulder and cuddle up against her neck. Janene Holzberg,, "Meet Howard County Library System’s ‘famous’ artist-in-residence," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Trump was merely parroting National Rifle Association talking points that ignore that the rest of the world has mental illness, video games and internet access. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Trump shows he’s not serious about ending mass shootings," 6 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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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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