Origin of parakeet
Examples from the Web for parakeet
There are a thousand ways to get the public on your side; talking about your wife like she is a parakeet isn't one of them.
He sat Mr. Parakeet down into the most comfortable chair he could find, and then barked snappily into the telephone a few times.
The pirate's eyes were fixed on the parakeet, and his twitching fingers played with the steel-tipped whip.
Mr. Parakeet was gasping slowly and gazing round in a circle.
As a parakeet, he was chained by the tough silk cord that bound his bird's foot.
Here am I kicking you out of the command of the Parakeet, to be sure.A Master of Fortune|Cutcliffe Hyne
British Dictionary definitions for parakeet
Word Origin for parakeet
Word Origin and History for parakeet
1620s, from Spanish perquito; earlier English form parroket (1580s) is from Middle French paroquet, from Old French paroquet (14c.), which is said by etymologists of French to be from Italian parrocchetto, literally "little priest," from parroco "parish priest," from Church Latin parochus (see parish), or parrucchetto, diminutive of parrucca "peruke, periwig," in reference to the head plumage.
The Spanish form, meanwhile, is sometimes said to be a diminutive of Perico, familiar form of Pedro "Peter," and the Old French word is likewise perhaps from or influenced by a diminutive of Pierre "Peter." The relations of the Spanish and Italian forms, and the influence of folk etymology on either or both, are uncertain.