What does parry mean?

Definitions for parry
ˈpær ipar·ry

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word parry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. parry(noun)

    (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword

  2. counterpunch, parry, counter(verb)

    a return punch (especially by a boxer)

  3. parry, block, deflect(verb)

    impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

    "block an attack"

  4. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep(verb)

    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

    "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"


  1. parry(Noun)

    A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.

  2. parry(Noun)

    A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.

  3. parry(Verb)

    To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack).

  4. Origin: Probably representing French parez, imperative of parer.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parry(verb)

    to ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm

  2. Parry(verb)

    to avoid; to shift or put off; to evade

  3. Parry(verb)

    to ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc

  4. Parry(noun)

    a warding off of a thrust or blow, as in sword and bayonet exercises or in boxing; hence, figuratively, a defensive movement in debate or other intellectual encounter

  5. Origin: [F. par, p. p. of parer. See Pare, v. t.]


  1. PARRY

    PARRY was an early example of a chatterbot, implemented in 1972 by psychiatrist Kenneth Colby.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parry

    par′i, v.t. to ward or keep off: to turn aside: to avoid:—pa.t. and pa.p. parr′ied.n. a turning aside of a blow or a thrust: a defensive movement of any kind. [Fr. parer—L. parāre, to prepare, in Low L. to keep off.]

How to pronounce parry?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say parry in sign language?

  1. parry


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parry in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of parry in a Sentence

  1. Lincoln Chafee:

    That comes with the territory, to be able to spar and parry. But the main thing is to be able to share your vision.

Images & Illustrations of parry

  1. parryparryparryparryparry

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for parry

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for parry »


Find a translation for the parry definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • Chinese - Simplified 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • Chinese - Traditional 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Spanish Español (Spanish)
  • Japanese 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Portuguese Português (Portuguese)
  • German Deutsch (German)
  • Arabic العربية (Arabic)
  • French Français (French)
  • Russian Русский (Russian)
  • Kannada ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • Korean 한국어 (Korean)
  • Hebrew עברית (Hebrew)
  • Ukrainian Український (Ukrainian)
  • Urdu اردو (Urdu)
  • Hungarian Magyar (Hungarian)
  • Hindi मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesian Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italian Italiano (Italian)
  • Tamil தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Turkish Türkçe (Turkish)
  • Telugu తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • Thai ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Vietnamese Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Czech Čeština (Czech)
  • Polish Polski (Polish)
  • Indonesian Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Romanian Românește (Romanian)
  • Dutch Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Greek Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latin Latinum (Latin)
  • Swedish Svenska (Swedish)
  • Danish Dansk (Danish)
  • Finnish Suomi (Finnish)
  • Persian فارسی (Persian)
  • Yiddish ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • Armenian հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norwegian Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English English (English)

Discuss these parry definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"parry." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2019. Web. 21 Jul 2019. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/parry>.

Are we missing a good definition for parry? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for parry:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.