- 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.
- to repeat or imitate without thought or understanding.
- to teach to repeat or imitate in such a fashion.
Origin of parrot
Examples from the Web for parrotlike
The devil take you and your parrotlike repetition of one word!The Bartlett Mystery
He knew his clay, the day labourer, with his parrotlike mentality.The Drums Of Jeopardy
The mouth has no teeth, but the lips are coated with horn, making a parrotlike beak that can inflict a severe bite.Zoology: The Science of Animal Life
- any bird of the tropical and subtropical order Psittaciformes, having a short hooked bill, compact body, bright plumage, and an ability to mimic soundsRelated adjective: psittacine
- a person who repeats or imitates the words or actions of another unintelligently
- sick as a parrot usually facetious extremely disappointed
- (tr) to repeat or imitate mechanically without understanding
Word Origin and History for parrotlike
"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.