Parry - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpærɪ|  American pronunciation of the word parry
Brit.  |ˈpærɪ|  British pronunciation of the word parry


- (fencing) blocking a lunge or deflecting it with a circular motion of the sword
- a return punch (especially by a boxer) (syn: counter)


- impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball) (syn: block, deflect)
- avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) (syn: circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, put off, sidestep, skirt)

Extra examples

He parried the thrust of his opponent's sword.

He parried and then threw a punch.

She cleverly parried the reporters' questions.

You were taught the thrust, but not the parry.

She usually parried my questions with great wit.

It is far easier to parry a direct blow than to stop it forcibly.

He parried all her questions about his work.

I parried her questions by the best excuses I could offer.

It is necessary to parry with the arm a little extended.

That left him three strokes behind the pacesetter, Parry.

The fighter telegraphed his punch and his opponent was able to parry it.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: parry
he/she/it: parries
present participle: parrying
past tense: parried
past participle: parried
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