- 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.
- 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: prob. 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
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verb par·ried, par·ry·ing, par·ries verb, transitive
- 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: Probably from French parez, imperative of parer, to defend, from Italian parare, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.
, Milman 1902-1935.
, Sir William Edward 1790-1855.