- The definition of a parry is a countermove that blocks your opponent or is an evasive answer.
- A blocking move that a boxer does to stop a blow is an example of a parry.
- When a politican is asked a question about a scandal and gives an answer that isn't really an answer, the answer is an example of a parry.
- To parry is to answer a question with an evasive reply, or to avoid an attack by using a countermove.
- An example of parry is when a politician doesn't want to answer a question about his position on an issue so he gives an answer that sounds like he is answering but that doesn't really say anything at all.
- An example of parry is when someone is trying to land a punch on a boxer and the boxer is able to block the punch and ends up throwing his opponent to the ground.
transitive verbparried, parrying
- to ward off or deflect (a blow, the thrust of a sword, etc.)
- to counter or ward off (criticism, a prying question, etc.) by a clever or evasive response
Origin of parryprobably ; from French parez, imperative of parer ; from Italian parare, to ward off ; from Classical Latin parare, to prepare
- a warding off or a turning aside of a blow, thrust, etc., as in fencing
- an evasion; evasive reply
verbpar·ried, par·ry·ing, par·ries
- To deflect or ward off (a fencing thrust, for example).
- To deflect, evade, or avoid: He skillfully parried the question with a clever reply.
- The deflecting or warding off of a thrust or blow, as in fencing.
- An evasive answer or action.
Origin of parryProbably from French parez, imperative of parer, to defend, from Italian parare, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see per&schwa;-1 in Indo-European roots.
- A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
- (fencing) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.
(third-person singular simple present parries, present participle parrying, simple past and past participle parried)
- To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc.).
From earlier parree, from Middle English *parree, *paree, from Old French paree (â€œpreparation, ceremony, paradeâ€), from Medieval Latin parÄta (â€œpreparation, paradeâ€), from Medieval Latin parÄre (â€œto ward off, guard, defend, prepare, get readyâ€). More at pare. The English verb to parry is taken from the noun.
- A surnameâ€‹.