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

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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 The parrot and other birds fly out of the pet shop. Ellis Rosen, The New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2021 The yellow-eared parrot grew from 100 birds to 2,900 in the Tres Cordilleras region alone. Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2021 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, 29 Mar. 2021 Foster Parrots was founded in 1989 by Marc Johnson, who acquired his first parrot while teaching pottery in Cambridge., 8 Apr. 2021 But Quincy’s alligator has nothing on Andrew Jackson’s parrot. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, 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, 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, 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, 9 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those imperatives, as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy views it, were being frustrated by Cheney's refusal to parrot the party line. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 15 May 2021 Cheney's crime was refusing to parrot the lie that Trump actually won the 2020 election. Molly Jong-fast, Vogue, 13 May 2021 Cheney isn’t at odds with her Republican colleagues over policy positions, but over her refusal to parrot falsehoods — or at least speak around them like an obfuscating child. Washington Post, 11 May 2021 At issue: Should the Republican Party continue to defend Trump's actions and parrot his falsehoods, given his overwhelming support among GOP voters?, 8 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 10 Jan. 2021 Others have gone on television to parrot the president’s baseless conspiracy theories about vote-rigging. Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 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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17 May 2021

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“Parrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 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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