Definition of parry in English:

parry

verbparries, parrying, parried

[with object]
  • 1Ward off (a weapon or attack) with a countermove.

    ‘he parried the blow by holding his sword vertically’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Maintaining distance and at the last possible moment, the attack is parried.’
    • ‘His attack was parried, and then counterattacked with a diagonal swipe to the head.’
    • ‘If your timing is on the money, Nina will actually parry his attack, leaving him wide open for a countermove.’
    • ‘He parried the attacks easily, slashing back with his weapon but to no avail.’
    • ‘Almost at once it was on top of her, trying frantically to claw at her, but she already had her sword out and parried its attacks.’
    • ‘You can parry most incoming attacks with a well-timed sword strike, but in my mind, that's no substitute for being able to go completely defensive.’
    • ‘Suddenly Constantine advanced and Alexander was driven back, parrying Constantine's attacks with his great sword.’
    • ‘I shouted, holding my sword as if I were ready to parry any attack.’
    • ‘Yelping in pain he tried to parry her attacks, but the onslaught came so fast he stumbled, hitting the ground hard.’
    • ‘A sword flashed out of nowhere and parried Chris's attack, then pinned him to the ground.’
    • ‘He stopped parrying my attacks, took two good shots on the chin, parried the kick I aimed at his gut and batted my leg aside.’
    • ‘Soldiers came in from behind, and she spun around, parrying their attacks, and blasting them with her fire.’
    • ‘I grabbed a fallen tree branch and used it to parry his attacks.’
    • ‘His blade came flying at her chest, and though she managed to parry the attack, the force behind it struck true.’
    • ‘With only one arm operational, Jay was doing all he could to parry Anthony's attacks.’
    • ‘With a blood curdling cry, the elf lunged for me but I parried her attack and stepped out of the way, just like the many times in practice.’
    • ‘His left sword clashed against the goblins mace, and to the elf's surprise, he parried the attack.’
    ward off, fend off, stave off, turn aside
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    1. 1.1Answer (a question or accusation) evasively.
      ‘he parried questions from reporters outside the building’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She parried questions of presspersons with élan, and seemed perfectly at home in the Ministry of Tourism.’
      • ‘Even now, during an interview in the family's Manhattan loft, Wong parries questions about his sexuality, his religion, even his age.’
      • ‘But she parried our questions with a wit that reminds us why we found her mother so delightful.’
      • ‘But he parried questions about the new unit, which had already got off to a rocky start, we discovered.’
      • ‘A relaxed Mr Kennedy did not sparkle, but remained jocular as he parried friendly questions.’
      • ‘Delight is an understatement, but he keeps it all under perfect control, parrying a host of questions with the aplomb which has won him many admirers, including Rupert Murdoch.’
      • ‘In a closed-door meeting, the folksy cleric parries lawmakers' queries by smearing the ministers with corruption charges.’
      • ‘He was circumspect and parried all my questions but did not discount my fears.’
      • ‘But the smart girl behind the model was ready to parry all questions.’
      • ‘He consistently parried any questions about his newfound environmentalism.’
      evade, sidestep, avoid, dodge, answer evasively, field, fend off, deflect, circumvent, steer clear of, fight shy of
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nounparries

  • An act of parrying something.

    ‘the swords clashed in a parry’
    ‘her question met with a polite parry’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘I'm so glad I have someone smart sitting next to me, or life would be a bore,’ Jake thought as he prepared a verbal parry.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

parry

/ˈpari/