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 Parham, who had to evacuate her home in Molalla, ended up sleeping in her car at the Clackamas Town Center with her parrot, cat and a neighbor. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Oregon wildfire evacuees fill hotel rooms vacated due to the pandemic," 18 Sep. 2020 Later that inning, Sox designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion contemplated taking his imaginary parrot with him to the mound in the bottom of the inning after Matt Wisler plunked him to load the bases. Paul Sullivan,, "Column: No champagne spraying for the White Sox after clinching their 1st playoff berth in 12 years, but they deserve to take a bow," 17 Sep. 2020 But stress can also make a tarantula discharge the hairs, a response similar to that of a parrot picking at its plumage. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Finding a forever home for trafficked tarantulas," 16 Sep. 2020 As children gathered around a stuffed turtle toy to record evidence on their clipboards, Buddy, an ash-gray, 32-year-old parrot, squawked with delight. Kristina Rizga, The Atlantic, "A Science Class for Kids Who Think They Don’t Like Science," 11 Sep. 2020 Chico the parrot has got an impressive singing voice. Brett Harman, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 4 Sep. 2020 While Australian pubs occasionally have a parrot in the bar, emus are not indoor birds. Rod Mcguirk, USA TODAY, "'They bump into everything': Australian Outback pub bans messy emus for 'bad behavior'," 31 July 2020 For example, consider the parrot-like dinosaurs called oviraptorids. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Dinosaurs Raised Their Young," 24 July 2020 Don’t be afraid to go up to the winery’s resident parrot, housed in a cage outside the barn, and say hello. Esther Mobley,, "Toulouse has the best winery view of Anderson Valley," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To occasionally buck conventional wisdom, not to parrot it. Bret Stephens New York Times, Star Tribune, "If Biden becomes 'Shutdown Joe' he will hand Trump a powerful opening," 25 Aug. 2020 Or perhaps the Bush administration, in adopting that argument, was parroting them. Mark Danner, The New York Review of Books, "Moving Backward: Hypocrisy and Human Rights," 3 June 2020 In an hour-long debate Tuesday night, the Waukesha Common Council as a whole favored repealing a city code that parroted previous state restrictions. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In a testy vote, Waukesha officials remove citywide coronavirus pandemic restrictions," 21 May 2020 These claims were duly parroted by the World Health Organization. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "China in 2020 Is Not Kansas in 1918," 4 May 2020 Some of the reports received by the advocacy groups describe harassment that appears to parrot Trump, Choi said. NBC News, "Asian Americans use social media to drown out bigotry," 6 Apr. 2020 Trump is now blaming China for not acting quickly to inform the world of exactly what was happening and halted U,S, contributions to the World Health Organization, accusing it of parroting Beijing. Time, "U.S. Tweets Support for Taiwan, Sparking Opposition From China," 2 May 2020 Plenty of other outlets have followed suit and parroted China’s bunk. Ken Langone, National Review, "It’s Time for the Press to Play by the Rules Too," 22 Apr. 2020 After weeks of elaborate praise of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s performance in the pandemic, Trump has turned to blaming China and halting U.S. contributions to the World Health Organization, accusing it of parroting misinformation from Beijing. Calvin Woodward, ajc, "Beijing pushes back on U.S. theory that virus originated in Chinese lab," 18 Apr. 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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25 Sep 2020

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“Parrot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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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