- 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
Related Words for parrotrecite, copycat, imitate, quote, reiterate, echo, mimic, mime, chant, copy, ape
Examples from the Web for parrot
Contemporary Examples of parrot
Oliver bares his soul as he highlights comments in which he is compared to a parrot and knocked for mocking an unremarkable soda.Viral Video of the Day: John Oliver Reads Your YouTube Comments
September 2, 2014
Finally the guy gets fed up and throws the parrot in the freezer to punish him.
There's the parrot, wings wrapped around himself, shivering.
Rudoren is a journalist for the New York Times and has a responsibility to evaluate rather than parrot.What's Wrong With Throwing Rocks?
August 6, 2013
With four other children, two more dogs, a parrot, and a cat back on the island, I was desperate to get home.Our Visit From Irene
August 27, 2011
Historical Examples of parrot
But I cal'late there was a parrot and monkey time among the help from then on.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
This feller's got what ailed the parrot—he talks too darn much.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Polly was prattling like a parrot, but Glory was silent and almost sad.The Christian
In one of them there stood a golden cage, and in it was a Parrot.
She was sorry to part with her parrot, but after all it was only a bird.
- 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 for parrot
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.
"repeat without understanding," 1590s, from parrot (n.). Related: Parroted; parroting.