from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To deflect or ward off (a fencing thrust, for example).
- transitive v. To deflect, evade, or avoid: He skillfully parried the question with a clever reply.
- intransitive v. To deflect or ward off a thrust or blow.
- n. The deflecting or warding off of a thrust or blow, as in fencing.
- n. An evasive answer or action.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
- n. A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.
- v. To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside.
- transitive v. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade.
- intransitive v. To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A defensive movement in fencing.
- n. A fencing-bout; hence, a brilliant attack and defense of any kind.
- To turn aside; ward off: as, to parry a thrust or a blow, or an inquisitive question.
- To avoid; evade.
- To act on the defensive, as in warding off a thrust or an argument; fence.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
- v. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
- v. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball)
- n. a return punch (especially by a boxer)
Probably from French parez, imperative of parer, to defend, from Italian parare, from Latin parāre, to prepare; see perə-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier parree, from Middle English *parree, *paree, from Old French paree ("preparation, ceremony, parade"), from Medieval Latin parāta ("preparation, parade"), from Medieval Latin parāre ("to ward off, guard, defend, prepare, get ready"). More at pare. The English verb to parry is taken from the noun. (Wiktionary)