Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a return punch (especially by a boxer)
  2. (noun, act) (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
  3. (verb, communication) avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    she skirted the problem
    They tend to evade their responsibilities
    he evaded the questions skillfully
  4. (verb, competition) impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)

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Alternate forms of Parry

Derivations: parry

Hyponyms: beg, quibble

Hypernyms: avoid, biff, block, blocking, clout, fence, lick, poke, punch, slug

Origin of the word Parry

  1. 1634, from Fr. parez! (which commonly would have been heard in fencing lessons), imper. of parer "ward off," from It. parare "to ward or defend a blow," from L. parare "make ready, prepare" (see pare). Non-fencing use is from 1718. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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