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Dictionary Definition

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


1 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] [also: parried]

User Contributed Dictionary



Probably representing French parez, imperative of parer ‘prepare’.


  • /ˈpɜɹi/
  • Rhymes: -æri


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


  • Finnish: torjua
  • Norwegian: parere


  1. A defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying.
  2. A simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack, performed with the forte of the blade.


a defensive or deflective action; an act of parrying
  • Finnish: torjunta
  • Norwegian: finte, parering
in fencing, simple defensive action designed to deflect an attack

Extensive Definition

Parry may refer to:
Parry is a name originally derived from shortening 'ap Harry' (Welsh for "son of Harry"). It may be a surname and refer to:
Parry may be the name of a fictional character, including:
  • Parry, character in the movie The Fisher King.
  • Will Parry, character in the series His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman.
  • Parry, character in the series Incarnations of Immortality by Piers Anthony.
Parry may be part of a placename, including:
parry in German: Parry
parry in French: Parry
parry in Japanese: パリー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

about the bush, answer, answer conclusively, argue down, around the bush, back and fill, beat about, beat around, beat off, beg the question, bicker, block, boggle, cavil, check, choplogic, confound, confute, contradict, controvert, counter, crush, defeat, demolish, deny, dismiss, dispose of, dodge, drive back, duck, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, fence, fend, fend off, finish, floor, hedge, hem and haw, hinder, hold at bay, hold off, hum and haw, keep at bay, keep off, mince the truth, mince words, mystify, nitpick, nonplus, obscure, obstruct, overthrow, overturn, overwhelm, palter, pick nits, prevaricate, pull away, pull back, push back, pussyfoot, put back, put off, put to silence, quibble, rebuff, rebut, recoil, reduce to silence, refute, repel, repulse, settle, sheer off, shift, shift off, shrink, shuffle, shut up, shy, shy away, shy off, sidestep, silence, smash all opposition, split hairs, squash, squelch, stave off, step aside, stop, subvert, swerve, tergiversate, turn aside, undermine, upset, waffle, ward off, weasel
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