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[par-uh t]
  1. 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.
  2. a person who, without thought or understanding, merely repeats the words or imitates the actions of another.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to repeat or imitate without thought or understanding.
  2. to teach to repeat or imitate in such a fashion.
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Origin of parrot

1515–25; apparently < Middle French P(i)errot, diminutive of Pierre (see parakeet), though a comparable sense of the French word is not known until the 18th century
Related formspar·rot·like, adjectivepar·rot·y, adjective
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Examples from the Web for parrotlike

Historical Examples of parrotlike

  • The devil take you and your parrotlike repetition of one word!

    The Bartlett Mystery

    Louis Tracy

  • He knew his clay, the day labourer, with his parrotlike mentality.

    The Drums Of Jeopardy

    Harold MacGrath

  • The mouth has no teeth, but the lips are coated with horn, making a parrotlike beak that can inflict a severe bite.

British Dictionary definitions for parrotlike


  1. 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
  2. a person who repeats or imitates the words or actions of another unintelligently
  3. sick as a parrot usually facetious extremely disappointed
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verb -rots, -roting or -roted
  1. (tr) to repeat or imitate mechanically without understanding
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Derived Formsparrotry, noun

Word Origin for parrot

C16: probably from French paroquet; see parakeet
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Word Origin and History for parrotlike



"repeat without understanding," 1590s, from parrot (n.). Related: Parroted; parroting.

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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.

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