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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Clinton repeatedly parried questions from reporters on his personal finances.
▪ Before Macready could thrust, Carradine parried perfectly.
▪ Clash keeper David Kramer was barely able to parry a 23-yard shot from the left side by Ted Chronopoulos.
▪ He slashed across his body to parry the attack of the man on the left.
▪ I could parry some of the weaker kids.
▪ In truth, I found her rather a pain on the subject and merely parried her constant questions about my job-hunting activities.
▪ The two then fenced at each other with their beaks, each parrying the other's thrust.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

parry \par"ry\, v. i. To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc.


parry \par"ry\, n.; pl. Parries. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1630s, from French parez! (which commonly would have been heard in fencing lessons), imperative of parer "ward off," from Italian parare "to ward or defend a blow" (see para- (2)). Related: Parried; parrying. Non-fencing use is from 1718. The noun is 1705, from the verb.


n. 1 A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying. 2 (context fencing English) A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade. vb. To avoid, deflect, or ward off (an attack, a blow, an argument, etc.).

  1. n. a return punch (especially by a boxer) [syn: counterpunch, counter]

  2. [also: parried]

  1. v. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack" [syn: block, deflect]

  2. 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" [syn: hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep]

  3. [also: parried]

Parry (fencing)

A parry is a fencing bladework maneuver intended to deflect or block an incoming attack.


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

Parry (crater)

Parry is a lunar crater that is attached to the southeast rim of the walled plain Fra Mauro. Attached to the west and southwest rim of Parry is the crater Bonpland. Due south of Parry is the small crater Tolansky, and farther to the south-southwest is Guericke.

The rim of Parry is heavily worn and slightly distorted due to the co-joined formations. The wall is the most prominent along the northwest, and crossed along the southwest by the small Parry B. The floor has been flooded by lava, and is relatively flat. At the midpoint is a pair of tiny craterlets. A rille system crosses the southeast rim in a northeast direction before crossing the east rim and continuing a short distance across the surrounding mare.

Parry (surname)

Parry is a name of Welsh origin originally derived from shortening 'ap Harry' ( Welsh for "son of Harry"). It may refer to:

  • Alan Parry (born c. 1947), British football (soccer) and athletics commentator
  • Bill Parry (mathematician) (1934–2006), British mathematician
  • Bill Parry (politician) (1878–1952), New Zealand politician
  • Bruce Parry (born 1969), British TV presenter and adventurer
  • Cecil Parry (1866–1901), English cricketer
  • Charles Parry (disambiguation)
  • Charles Christopher Parry (1823–1890), American botanist and mountaineer
  • Dick Parry, English saxophonist
  • Edward Parry (Royal Navy officer) (1893–1972), British naval officer
  • Edward Abbott Parry (1863–1943), British judge and dramatist
  • Frederic John Sidney Parry (1810–1885), English entomologist
  • Sir Hubert Parry (1848–1918), British composer
  • James Parry Early web personality
  • John Parry (disambiguation)
  • Joseph Parry (1841–1903), Welsh composer and musician
  • John Orlando Parry (1810–1879), English actor, pianist and singer
  • Maurice Parry, Welsh footballer
  • Mark Parry (footballer), Welsh footballer
  • Mike Parry, American broadcaster
  • Milman Parry (1902–1935), American philologist
  • Paul Parry, Welsh footballer
  • Rick Parry, British football official
  • Stephen Parry (disambiguation)
  • Thomas Gambier Parry (1816–1888), British artist and art collector
  • Thomas Parry (Chennai merchant) (1768–1824)
  • William Parry (disambiguation)
  • William Parry (doctor) (died 1585), would be assassin of Elizabeth I of England
  • Sir William Edward Parry (1790–1855), British admiral and Arctic explorer
  • Will Parry (His Dark Materials) and his father Stanislaus Grumman or Colonel John Parry in the series His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Category:Surnames of Welsh origin

Parry (given name)

Parry is a given name which may refer to:


  • Parry Aftab, American lawyer specializing in Internet privacy and security law
  • Parry Gordon (1945–2009), English rugby league footballer
  • Parry Gripp (born 1967), songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist for the pop punk band Nerf Herder
  • Parry Wayne Humphreys (1778–1839), member of the United States House of Representatives from Tennessee
  • Parry Liyanage, Sri Lankan army officer, athlete and coach
  • Parry Mitchell, Baron Mitchell (born 1943), British businessman and Labour member of the House of Lords
  • Parry Shen (born 1973), American actor
  • E. Parry Thomas (born 1921), American banker who helped finance the development of the casino industry of Las Vegas

Fictional characters:

  • Parry in the movie The Fisher King
  • Parry in the series Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony
  • The Hero's son in Dragon Quest V

Usage examples of "parry".

Bill thought that the best description of Wise Owl was given by a lady who sat with him in a circle as a guest of Miss Helen Parry, a lady with wonderful mediumistic gifts.

The Neut managed to parry the attack with Its knife, but not entirely.

Jimmy drew weapons and executed a parry of an overhand slash by Jack, diverting the blade with his dirk, then lunging with his rapier in return.

The gleaming ivory tip of the spear darted at him, but he parried with a ferocious cut of the panga, snapping the spear in half, the point falling to the ice and skittering away.

When Danar del Reginal tentatively extended in sixte, Torrie parried, then disengaged his blade, stepping back, ever so slightly out of line.

But he was sluggish and a little awkward, and Trux parried without suffering any damage.

Wayne Parry was lurking in the reception area, chatting up an unimpressed woman officer on the desk.

But with the scimitar of Hassan of Aleppo stretched over me, with the dangers of the night before me, I was in no mood for a veiled duel of words, for an interchange of glances in thrust and parry, however delightful such warfare might have been with so pretty an adversary.

He got his wind back and parried and dodged and at last ran the Cath through.

Borric, the two men evenly traded blows, answered every thrust with a counterthrust, every parry with a riposte.

The islander easily parried his awkward counterthrust, then raised his blade for another swipe.

Blade took a step backward, parried a downcut with the short-sword, slashed hard crosswise with the broadsword.

If, on the other hand, he delivered different sections of it at different times and places, how could he have elaborated the variations on theme and formula and the inner structural correspondences that distinguish the Homeric epics so sharply from the Yugoslav texts collected by Parry and Lord?

His swift thrust in prime was parried instantly and countered with a flanconnade to his left hand.

He deliberately swung just over the boys head, overbearing Garns hasty effort to parry with his spearshaft, so that the boy could see his father die first.