• (America) enPR: părʹət, IPA: /ˈpæɹət/, /ˈpɛɹət/
  • (RP) enPR: părʹət, IPA: /ˈpæɹət/

parrot (plural parrots)

  1. (Discuss([Wiktionary:Tea_room/2020/Agosto?action=edit§ion=new&preloadtitle=%5B%5Bparrot%5D%5D +]) this sense) A kind of bird, many species of which are colourful and able to mimic#Verb|mimic human#Adjective|human speech, of the order Psittaciformes or (narrowly) of the family Psittacidae.
    Synonyms: psittacine, popinjay
    I bought a wonderful parrot at the pet store.
    • 1855 December – 1857 June, Charles Dickens, “Mrs. Merdle’s Complaint”, in Little Dorrit, London: Bradbury and Evans, […], published 1857, OCLC 83401042 ↗, book the first (Poverty), page 290 ↗:
      Mrs. Merdle was at home, and was in her nest of crimson and gold, with the parrot on a neighbouring stem watching her with his head on one side, as if he took her for another splendid parrot of a larger species.
  2. (metaphorical) A parroter; a person who repeats the word#Noun|words or ideas of others.
    Synonyms: copycat, mimic
    What kind of a parrot are you? He just said that.
    • 1837, Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar,
      In this distribution of functions, the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men’s thinking.
  3. (archaic) A puffin.
    Synonyms: sea-parrot, tomnoddy
  4. (geology, obsolete) Channel coal.
  5. (aviation, slang) A transponder.
Translations Translations Verb

parrot (parrots, present participle parroting; past and past participle parroted)

  1. (transitive) To repeat (exactly what has just been said) without necessarily showing understanding, in the manner of a parrot.
    • 1996, Bill Clinton, Presidential Radio Address (15 June)
      So when political leaders parrot the tobacco company line, say cigarettes are not necessarily addictive, and oppose our efforts to keep tobacco away from our children, they continue to cater to powerful interests, but they're not standing up for parents and children.
    The interviewee merely parroted the views of her tabloid.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: perroqueter
  • German: nachplappern
  • Portuguese: papaguear, papagaiar
  • Russian: механи́чески повторя́ть
  • Spanish: hablar como un papagayo, hablar por boca de ganso

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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