parry

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verb par·ry \ˈper-ē, ˈpa-rē\

Definition of parry

parried

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parrying

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to ward off a weapon or blow <parried forcefully and knocked his opponent's sword out of his hand>

  3. 2 :  to evade or turn aside something <can parry and thrust … without losing the thread of his argument — Stewart Cockburn>

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to ward off (as a blow) <parried the thrust of his opponent's sword>

  6. 2 :  to evade especially by an adroit answer <parried the question>

parry

noun

Examples of parry in a sentence

  1. He parried the thrust of his opponent's sword.

  2. He parried and then threw a punch.

  3. She cleverly parried the reporters' questions.

Did You Know?

Parry (which is used in fencing, among other applications) probably comes from parez, a form of the French verb parer, meaning "to guard or ward off." Its history can be compared with that of two other English words: parapet and parasol. Those two terms go back to an Italian word (parare) that means "to shield or guard." (A parapet shields soldiers and a parasol wards off the sun.) All three—parry, parapet, and parasol—can ultimately be traced to the Latin parare, meaning "to prepare." And they're not alone. Other descendants of the Latin term include apparatus, disparate, emperor, and even prepare.

Origin and Etymology of parry

probably from French parez, imperative of parer to parry, from Old Occitan parar, from Latin parare to prepare — more at pare


First Known Use: 1671


PARRY Defined for English Language Learners

parry

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verb par·ry \ˈper-ē, ˈpa-rē\

Definition of parry for English Language Learners

  • : to defend yourself by turning or pushing aside (a punch, a weapon, etc.)

  • : to avoid giving a direct answer to (a question) by being skillful or clever


PARRY Defined for Kids

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parry

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verb par·ry \ˈper-ē\

Definition of parry for Students

parried

parrying

  1. 1 :  to turn aside an opponent's weapon or blow

  2. 2 :  to avoid by a skillful answer <She parried an embarrassing question.>


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parry

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noun par·ry

Definition of parry for Students

plural

parries

  1. :  an act or instance of skillfully avoiding something



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