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 And who knew that a contemporary diamond-and-moonstone Hemmerle parrot would grab your attention? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, 11 June 2021 Alex was a gray parrot purchased from a pet shop by psychologist Irene Pepperberg in 1977. Sam Escobar, Allure, 18 Aug. 2021 Others, such as Ian and Julian, or Lisa and Emily, have the slightly austere look of nineteen-eighties activists—except for the parrot perched on Ian’s shoulder, and the lavish print of Emily’s shirt. Brian Dillon, The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2021 The first parrot species known to open trash bins was the kea in New Zealand in a park setting. James Gorman, New York Times, 22 July 2021 Mansfield will discuss how the nonprofit wild parrot rescue cares for baby parrots. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Aug. 2021 The parrot is out of its cage, flying angrily around the shop, scaring the humans inside and riling up the other caged birds. Ellis Rosen, The New Yorker, 23 Apr. 2021 Only one other parrot species has been studied opening trash cans: New Zealand keas, which were discovered opening bins behind a hotel in the 2000s. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 22 July 2021 On Tuesday, the Real Housewives of Potomac alum, 37, revealed in an emotional Instagram post that her African grey parrot had died earlier this month. Naledi Ushe,, 6 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All that said, Roe’s unforgivable sin was acknowledging Trump’s loss and refusing to parrot his lies about widespread election larceny. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 The claim that Barr misled the country about the Mueller report is specious, no matter how many politically minded judges parrot it. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 3 July 2021 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

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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 24 Sep. 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)

: 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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