- 1[transitive, intransitive] parry (something) to defend yourself against somebody who is attacking you by pushing their arm, weapon, etc. to one side synonym deflect He parried a blow to his head. The shot was parried by the goalie. He watched the boxers jab and parry.
- 2[transitive] parry something | + speech to avoid having to answer a difficult question, criticism, etc., especially by replying in the same way synonym fend off She parried all questions about their relationship. Word Origin late 17th cent.: probably representing French parez!
BrE BrE//ˈpæri//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæri//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they parry
BrE BrE//ˈpæri//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæri//he / she / it parries
BrE BrE//ˈpæriz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæriz//past simple parried
BrE BrE//ˈpærid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærid//past participle parried
BrE BrE//ˈpærid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærid//-ing form parrying
BrE BrE//ˈpæriɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæriɪŋ//