- 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 (“preparation, ceremony, parade”), from Medieval Latin parāta (“preparation, parade”), from Medieval Latin parāre (“to ward off, guard, defend, prepare, get ready”). More at pare. The English verb to parry is taken from the noun.
- A surname.