Definition of parry in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈperē/

verb (parries, parrying, parried)

[with object]
1Ward off (a weapon or attack), especially with a countermove: he parried the blow by holding his sword vertically
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  • 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.
ward off, fend off;
deflect, hold off, block, counter, repel, repulse
1.1Answer (a question or accusation) evasively: he parried questions from reporters outside the building
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  • 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.
evade, sidestep, avoid, dodge, answer evasively, field, fend off

noun (plural parries)

An act of parrying: her question met with a polite parry
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  • Parry after parry and blow after blow were the only things Reana thought about as she struggled in the midst of the fight.
  • A quick parry of the blow, and Tanaka returned the favor with a right hook.
  • Several blows and parries were executed as images of imaginary foes continued to appear all around him.


Late 17th century: probably representing French parez! 'ward off!', imperative of parer, from Italian parare 'ward off'.

Words that rhyme with parry

Barry, Carrie, carry, Cary, Clarrie, Gary, glengarry, harry, intermarry, lari, Larry, marry, miscarry, tarry

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Syllabification: par·ry

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