- 1[transitive, intransitive] parry (something) to defend yourself against someone 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.
- 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.
NAmE//ˈpæri//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they parry
he / she / it parries
past simple parried
-ing form parrying
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