Definition of parry verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    parry

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: probably representing French parez! ‘ward off!’, imperative of parer, from Italian parare ‘ward off’.

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