verb (used with object)
- parris island,
- parrish, maxfield,
- parrot fever,
- parrot toadstool,
- parrot tulip,
- parrot's disease,
Origin of parrot
Examples from the Web for parroting
This requires not just teaching to the test and not just parroting critiques.
Over there, “journalists,” such as they are, literally survive by parroting the government.Meet the Censors, Propagandists and Outright Liars Who Won Putin’s Pulitzers|James Kirchick|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some of what they said sounded like a rhetorical, if earnest, parroting of notions they'd heard from teachers.Talking to Women of the Wall's Ultra-Orthodox Teenage Protesters|Elisheva Goldberg|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
They are parroting the old party line that always puts special interests ahead of the national interest.Obama, Boehner & Congress Need to Get Fiscal-Cliff Deal Done Now|John Avlon|December 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Parroting another government line, the article raises the specter of a Russian intervention if postelection unrest flares.Will Scandalous Videos Topple Georgia’s President? A Rebuttal|Tedo Japaridze|September 24, 2012|DAILY BEAST
"My translator is working badly," the voice of the elder was parroting.The Ties That Bind|Walter Miller
One of my draft is killed and five wounded and here everyone is parroting about a Merry Christmas.Letters from Mesopotamia|Robert Palmer
The King made a few screen appearances, parroting things Makann wanted him to say.Space Viking|Henry Beam Piper
She was conscious of parroting the current phrases of the newspapers, but it was no time to pick and choose her words.Between The Dark And The Daylight|William Dean Howells
Later he put it into Altrurian, and I memorized it, and made myself immensely popular by parroting it.Through the Eye of the Needle|William Dean Howells
verb -rots, -roting or -roted
Word Origin for parrot
"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.