Definition of parry in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈpari

verb (parries, parrying, parried)

[with object]

noun (plural parries)

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  • An act of parrying something: the swords clashed in a parry her question met with a polite parry
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    • 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'.

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