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[par-uh t] /ˈpær ət/
any of numerous hook-billed, often brilliantly colored birds of the order Psittaciformes, as the cockatoo, lory, macaw, or parakeet, having the ability to mimic speech and often kept as pets.
a person who, without thought or understanding, merely repeats the words or imitates the actions of another.
verb (used with object)
to repeat or imitate without thought or understanding.
to teach to repeat or imitate in such a fashion.
Origin of parrot
1515-25; apparently < Middle French P(i)errot, diminutive of Pierre (see parakeet), though a comparable sense of the French word is not known until the 18th century
Related forms
parrotlike, adjective
parroty, adjective Unabridged
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  • But now he parroted with unconscious irony the phrases he had once so admired.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Obligingly she parroted over to Fibsy the lingo of the message.

    The Mark of Cain Carolyn Wells
  • Joe, under his breath, parroted the words of the Sov officer.

    Frigid Fracas Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • "Don't do anything you'd be sorry for," he parroted, sarcastical, the young man's recent admonition to the captain.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • Lorry pulled her eyes down to the cherubic little face as she parroted dully.

  • "Prosecution agrees to accept the present court," Goodham parroted.

    Lone Star Planet Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
  • Here is an old one whose sentiments have been often parroted by unthinking humans of modern times.

British Dictionary definitions for parroted


any bird of the tropical and subtropical order Psittaciformes, having a short hooked bill, compact body, bright plumage, and an ability to mimic sounds related adjective psittacine
a person who repeats or imitates the words or actions of another unintelligently
generally (facetious) sick as a parrot, extremely disappointed
verb -rots, -roting, -roted
(transitive) to repeat or imitate mechanically without understanding
Derived Forms
parrotry, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from French paroquet; see parakeet
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Word Origin and History for parroted



"repeat without understanding," 1590s, from parrot (n.). Related: Parroted; parroting.



1520s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal Middle French perrot, from a variant of Pierre "Peter;" or perhaps a dialectal form of perroquet (see parakeet). Replaced earlier popinjay. The German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in South America in 1800 encountered a very old parrot that was the sole speaker of a dead Indian language, the original tribe having gone extinct.

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