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parry

[ par-ee ]
/ 藞p忙r i /
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verb (used with object), par路ried, par路ry路ing.
to ward off (a thrust, stroke, weapon, etc.), as in fencing; avert.
to turn aside; evade or dodge: to parry an embarrassing question.
verb (used without object), par路ried, par路ry路ing.
to parry a thrust, blow, etc.
noun, plural par路ries.
an act or instance of parrying, as in fencing.
a defensive movement in fencing.
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Origin of parry

1665鈥75; <French parez, imperative of parer to ward off, set off <Latin par膩re to set. See parade

OTHER WORDS FROM parry

par路ri路a路ble, adjectivepar路ri路er, nounun路par路ried, adjectiveun路par路ry路ing, adjective

Other definitions for parry (2 of 2)

Parry
[ par-ee ]
/ 藞p忙r i /

noun
Milman, 1902鈥35, U.S. classical scholar and philologist.
William Edward, 1790鈥1855, English Arctic explorer.
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British Dictionary definitions for parry (1 of 2)

parry
/ (藞p忙r瑟) /

verb -ries, -rying or -ried
to ward off (an attack) by blocking or deflecting, as in fencing
(tr) to evade (questions), esp adroitly
noun plural -ries
an act of parrying, esp (in fencing) using a stroke or circular motion of the blade
a skilful evasion, as of a question

Word Origin for parry

C17: from French parer to ward off, from Latin par膩re to prepare

British Dictionary definitions for parry (2 of 2)

Parry
/ (藞p忙r瑟) /

noun
Sir (Charles) Hubert (Hastings). 1848鈥1918, English composer, noted esp for his choral works
Sir William Edward. 1790鈥1855, English arctic explorer, who searched for the Northwest Passage (1819鈥25) and attempted to reach the North Pole (1827)
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