Definition of parry
1 : to ward off a weapon or blow parried forcefully and knocked his opponent's sword out of his hand
2 : to evade or turn aside something can parry and thrust … without losing the thread of his argument — Stewart Cockburn
1 : to ward off (something, such as a blow) parried the thrust of his opponent's sword
2 : to evade especially by an adroit answer parried the question
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Examples of parry in a Sentence
He parried the thrust of his opponent's sword.
He parried and then threw a punch.
She cleverly parried the reporters' questions.
Recent Examples of parry from the Web
Arturo Vidal’s long-range strike was parried by Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Alexis Sanchez followed up with a wayward shot.
The president and his designated Under the Bus Roadkill, Sean Spicer, have dodged and parried questions about the mythical tapes.
Igor Akinfeev Stunning Close Range Save vs... The goalkeeper came up big again with his fourth save, reading a long-range blast from Cedric and parrying away to safety in the 58th minute.
One of the officers used her forearm to parry a brick that a protester aimed at her head, authorities said.
Killion had a good strike, sending the ball low and toward the left post, but Franch got down quickly and with a strong left hand, parried the ball wide.
Naperville North goalkeeper Elizabeth Cablk dove to parry it past the right post.
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Tanaka, who seems to have lost command of his slider and splitter of late, struck a defiant tone with reporters afterward, parrying suggestions that he was frustrated or felt a burden because of his past two starts.
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What do parry, parapet, and parasol have in common?
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.
PARRY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of parry for Students
1 : to turn aside an opponent's weapon or blow
2 : to avoid by a skillful answer She parried an embarrassing question.
Definition of parry for Students
: an act or instance of skillfully avoiding something
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