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Definitions of parry

  1. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball), as in sports or fights; "block an attack" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a return punch (especially by a boxer) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. impede the movement of (an opponent or a ball); "block an attack" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5. Same as Contra. Formerly used to designate any under part which served for contrast to a principal part, but now used as equivalent to counter tenor. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To avoid; to shift or put off; to evade. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To ward off, evade, or turn aside something, as a blow, argument, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To ward off, as a blow; to evade; as, to parry a question. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Parried. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Parrying. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To ward off or turn something aside. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. A warding off of a blow; evasion. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. To ward or keep off: to turn aside:-pa.t. and pa.p. parried. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. To ward off, as a blow; avoid, as by repartee. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. To ward off; to shift off. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. To ward off, as a blow or thrust; to fence. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  19. par'i, v.t. to ward or keep off: to turn aside: to avoid:--pa.t. and pa.p. parr'ied.--n. a turning aside of a blow or a thrust: a defensive movement of any kind. [Fr. parer--L. par[=a]re, to prepare, in Low L. to keep off.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Ward off, avert, (weapon, blow, awkward question); (n.) warding off. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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