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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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 No pirate is complete without a trusty sidekick—a parrot. Laurren Welch, Country Living, 15 Sep. 2022 But a parrot that walks on three limbs defies the expectations. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2022 Other interesting questions include: what are the effects of stress hormones on a parrot’s siblings? Grrlscientist, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Tropical parrot colors — primary red, blue, and yellow — were the dominant hues in my beat. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 26 Aug. 2022 A few years later, Ettlinger received a letter from Kesey informing her that his parrot had died, with one of the bird’s feathers enclosed. Chris Wiley, The New Yorker, 13 Aug. 2022 In 1985, when Buffett was performing at Timberwolf Ampitheater, Timothy Schmidt, a former member of the Coral Reefer Band, noticed fans wearing parrot hats and Hawaiian shirts. Cierra Britten, The Enquirer, 19 July 2022 The burrowing parrots tunnel into the crumbling sandstone cliffs of El Cóndor, home of the largest parrot colony in the world. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 9 July 2022 Do some parrot siblings in the birth order benefit more than others from additional corticosterone? Grrlscientist, Forbes, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These laws rob physicians of their ability to offer the most accurate and safe treatment options, instead forcing them to parrot political talking points. WIRED, 6 Sep. 2022 Chinese state media has since been working overtime to parrot the Kremlin’s lies about the conflict. Seth D. Kaplan, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2022 Deep party ties mean that Chinese-language outlets parrot Kremlin talking points on the war in Ukraine. Seth D. Kaplan, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2022 And so, as the year wears on, nearly every Republican candidate in the country will continue to lavish him with praise, visit him at Mar-a-Lago, and dutifully parrot his deranged talking points. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 May 2022 Many lampoon his messages, while others parrot his talking points. Morgan Sung, NBC News, 19 Aug. 2022 So far, the former president has helped install loyalists who parrot his conspiracy theories in general election matchups from Pennsylvania to Arizona. Steve Peoples And Mead Gruver, Chicago Tribune, 17 Aug. 2022 One concern is that many of today’s seeming powerful Large Language Models (LLMs) can parrot back to a human the content that the LLM was trained on (i.e., text and digital media often sourced via large-scale scraping of the Internet). Lance Eliot, Forbes, 15 Aug. 2022 That’s a key talking point the Sacklers’ lawyers parrot over and over again. Danny Strong, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 July 2022 See More

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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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“Parrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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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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