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Meaning of PARRY

Pronunciation:  'paree

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a return punch
  2. [v]  impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights; "block an attack"
  3. [v]  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"

PARRY is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: block, circumvent, counter, counterpunch, deflect, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, hedge, put off, sidestep, skirt
 See Also: avoid, biff, fence, lick, poke, punch, quibble



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Par"ry\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Parried}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Parrying}.] [F. par['e], p. p. of parer. See {Pare}, v. t.]
    1. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a
       thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.
             Vice parries wide The undreaded volley with a sword
             of straw.                             --Cowper.
    2. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade.
             The French government has parried the payment of our
             claims.                               --E. Everett.
  2. \Par"ry\, v. i.
    To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow,
    argument, etc. --Locke.
  3. \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.
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