- any of an order (Psittaciformes) of tropical or subtropical birds with a hooked bill, brightly colored feathers, and feet having two toes pointing forward and two backward: some parrots can learn to imitate human speech
- a person who mechanically repeats the words or acts of others, usually without full understanding
Origin of parrotFrench dialect, dialectal perrot, probably after Perrot, diminutive of Pierre, Peter
- Any of numerous primarily tropical and subtropical birds of the order Psittaciformes, characterized by a short hooked bill, brightly colored plumage, and, in some species, the ability to mimic human speech or other sounds.
- One who imitates the words or actions of another, especially without understanding them.
transitive verbpar·rot·ed, par·rot·ing, par·rots
Origin of parrotProbably from French dialectal Perrot diminutive of Pierre Peter
- A kind of bird, many species of which are colourful and able to mimic human speech, of the order Psittaciformes.
- I bought a wonderful parrot at the pet store.
- The true parrots, of the family Psittacidae.
- A parroter; a person who repeats what was just said.
- What kind of a parrot are you? He just said that.
- (archaic) A puffin.
(third-person singular simple present parrots, present participle parroting, simple past and past participle parroted or parrotted)
First attested in 1525. From Middle French perrot, either a diminutive of Pierre or a shortened form of perroquet. Compare French pierrot and Occitan parrat. A number of origins have been suggested for perroquet, such as Spanish periquito and Italian parrocchetto. The relationship between these various words is disputed. Replaced earlier popinjay.
- A surname.
Variant of Parrott.