- 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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- Milman,1902–35, U.S. classical scholar and philologist.
- William Edward,1790–1855, English arctic explorer.
Examples from the Web for parry
Critics like Parry Aftab argue that these sites are essentially conduits for bullying.The Bully Waging War Against Bullies
October 10, 2013
The Falklands gets mentioned on page three; there is music by Elgar (of course) and Parry.Live Blogging Thatcher’s London Funeral
April 17, 2013
Parry acknowledged that the Krim tragedy has provoked anxiety among parents.The Stranger Inside Your House: Terrified by the Alleged Killer Nanny
October 26, 2012
Think like a fencer: parry on Medicare; lunge at the stimulus.How Do You Win the VP Debate?
October 9, 2012
“There needs to be long-term investment and a comprehensive plan for creating sustainable economic viability,” says Parry.Haiti’s Horrendous Teenage Prostitution Problem
June 17, 2011
She could not parry the question as she had done before, and it probed depths.Viviette
William J. Locke
Now this was a home-thrust, George, which I could not parry off.Life in London
It was cut and parry and stab as quick as eye could see or hand act.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
But it would never have occurred to me to parry her queries.The Bacillus of Beauty
And such they were, when the first thrust and parry told that the work had begun.Ridgeway
- 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 parry
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.