verb (parries, parrying, parried)[with object]
- 1Ward off (a weapon or attack) with a countermove: he parried the blow by holding his sword verticallyMore example sentences
- Show your opponent an opening then pull back to parry his counter attack.
- When the arms and ammunitions ran out, the volunteers used blank weapons to parry the attacks.
- The duke blocked the attack and parried the following barrage of cuts the prince delivered.
- 1.1Answer (a question or accusation) evasively: he parried questions from reporters outside the buildingMore example sentences
- As my editorial staff can vouch, there was hardly a day during the race for governor of California when I was not required to parry questions from the media, American and otherwise.
- But he parries questions with these guys, and says, ‘Are you sure you need all those - or you don't.’
- Glass, who parried questions about the veracity of those articles, should correct the record.
noun (plural parries)Back to top
- An act of parrying something: the swords clashed in a parry her question met with a polite parryMore example sentences
- Deb has a breakdown when her perfect parry turns out not to be.
- The humour is consistent right from the start and nearly always borders on ridiculous, which is a nice parry to the action.
- No. Walker's prologue and epilogue (a revealing look at various parries arguing over where Liszt should be buried) clearly frame the diary's events.
late 17th century: probably representing French parez! 'ward off!', imperative of parer, from Italian parare 'ward off'.