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

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 Trek between the giant rounded domes of adjacent Kata Tjuta on the lookout for bright green ring-necked parrots. National Geographic, "Australia High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Released or escaped parrots are now living in most states and are breeding in at least 21. Lucy Huang, Scientific American, "Parrots Are Making the U.S. Home," 30 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Those opposed to housing in their neighborhood often parrot the claim that the crisis is really one of mental illness and drug addiction — and that just getting a very sick homeless person inside won’t help. Heather Knight,, "NIMBYs beware: Latest bold SF plan asks every neighborhood to house the homeless," 24 July 2019 The Washington Post pointed out that Trump’s complaints basically parrot a segment Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired last week slamming Omar — hardly the first time Trump has let the network take the lead in crafting policy and rhetoric. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Media can’t be afraid to call Trump out on his erroneous, racist tweets," 14 July 2019 And the language seemed to parrot that of President Donald Trump’s repeated description of urban areas as hotbeds of racial violence, McCollum’s senior staffer wrote. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Betty McCollum critical of St. Paul police grant application calling Green Line a crime magnet," 26 July 2019 But that’s not nearly as catchy a line to parrot, nor as comforting a story to tell ourselves. Declan Leary, National Review, "Conservatives Should Not Celebrate Religious Tyranny and Coercion," 19 July 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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