- to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
- to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
- to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
- an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.
- a defensive movement in fencing.
Origin of parry
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Related Wordsdodge, resist, rebuff, rebuke, fence, repulse, prevent, forestall, avoid, sidestep, anticipate, evade, elude, repel, deflect, bypass, duck, shun, shirk, preclude
Examples from the Web for parried
To which Jay parried, “I was gonna say the same thing for you!”John Boehner Live and Unhinged with Jay Leno
January 24, 2014
Morales parried that the new constitution essentially reset the political clock, allowing him a second shot at reelection.Is Edward Snowden Bound for Bolivia? Evo Morales Sure Seems to Hope So
Eli Lake, Mac Margolis
July 2, 2013
He parried the matter well on Monday, at the NATO press conference.Friday Afternoon Bain Sum Up: Who Won the Week?
May 25, 2012
He parried every question and implication that Wallace threw at him with equanimity, humility, politeness, and even humor.Was Mike Wallace’s Toughest Interview a 12-Year-Old Kid?
April 14, 2012
Bachmann parried smoothly, once again equating submission with respect.Is Michele Bachmann Submissive?
August 12, 2011
Greer countered fiercely with his left, but it was parried easily.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
He parried the blow on his sabre, and with the flat of it knocked his assailant senseless.The Snare
Expecting it now, Andre-Louis parried it by no more than a deflecting touch.Scaramouche
Kenneth parried narrowly, his blade pointing straight at his aggressor.The Tavern Knight
"We get in all right," he parried, putting his spoon into his cantaloupe.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
- to ward off (an attack) by blocking or deflecting, as in fencing
- (tr) to evade (questions), esp adroitly
- an act of parrying, esp (in fencing) using a stroke or circular motion of the blade
- a skilful evasion, as of a question
- Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings). 1848–1918, English composer, noted esp for his choral works
- Sir William Edward. 1790–1855, English arctic explorer, who searched for the Northwest Passage (1819–25) and attempted to reach the North Pole (1827)
Word Origin and History for parried
1630s, from French parez! (which commonly would have been heard in fencing lessons), imperative of parer "ward off," from Italian parare "to ward or defend a blow" (see para- (2)). Related: Parried; parrying. Non-fencing use is from 1718. The noun is 1705, from the verb.