Definition of parrot in English:



  • A bird, often vividly coloured, with a short downcurved hooked bill, grasping feet, and a raucous voice, found especially in the tropics and feeding on fruits and seeds. Many are popular as cage birds, and some are able to mimic the human voice.

    Order Psittaciformes: numerous species, sometimes all placed in the family Psittacidae. The order also contains the cockatoos, lories, lovebirds, macaws, conures, and budgerigar

    • ‘Such species as love birds, parrots and doves are spending more time near the water trough and less on picking for food.’
    • ‘Your parrot could catch its feet into the clumps and could get hurt while struggling to escape.’
    • ‘Whistling bowerbirds and whip-cracking riflebirds complement parrots and honeyeaters.’
    • ‘The park is home to thousands of different species of flora and birds, including parrots and hummingbirds.’
    • ‘Thick-billed parrots are colorful, noisy, social birds that electrify the region's high pine and oak forests.’
    • ‘The world's rarest parrots, including most macaws, are at special risk.’
    • ‘You can attract birds like eastern rosellas, king parrots, galahs and lorikeets to your garden.’
    • ‘Bird watchers are drawn from all over the world in search of species such as parrots, parakeets, hyacinth macaws, and wood storks.’
    • ‘Pet parrots and mynah birds, in particular, are famous for their ability to copy words and expressions taught to them by their owners.’
    • ‘Speaking of which, I was a little concerned with the parrot being able to speak as well as he did.’
    • ‘They went through the bird house, marveling at toucans, parrots, birds of paradise.’
    • ‘It is not the mere articulation which is our distinguishing character, for parrots and other birds possess this power.’
    • ‘Song birds in the mating season seem to sing endlessly, and some birds, such as parrots or lyre birds, can even imitate human speech almost to perfection.’
    • ‘Hundreds of macaws and parrots gather at the exposed riverbanks to feed on clay, which helps the birds digest their diet of nutritious seeds.’
    • ‘The young parrot's foot became caught between a pine cone and the wire that secured it.’
    • ‘This bacterium is primarily carried by birds such as parakeets, parrots, pigeons, turkeys, and ducks.’
    • ‘In the aviary there are no visitors: are they both natives, then, the parrot and the human?’
    • ‘I forget her name, but she was green and had parrot feet (a green parrot is a symbol for marijuana in India, as well).’
    • ‘This talent to imitate, observable in parrots and some other bird species, is not an ability that can be acquired by coincidence.’
    • ‘It's been observed in many other bird species besides parrots and macaws, as well as elephants, macaques, giraffes, rhinos and chimpanzees.’


[with object]
  • Repeat mechanically.

    ‘encouraging students to parrot back information’
    • ‘In the past, health correspondents have been criticised for simply parroting Department of Health press releases and recycling articles from the medical journals.’
    • ‘It shows children parroting lines they've heard while watching old movies in the van.’
    • ‘It is why I am equally antipathetic to fundamentalism of a non-religious kind, where people just keep parroting a view regardless of the evidence or the arguments.’
    • ‘When I was about five or six and my dad realised that I actually understood most of the foul-mouthed insults being launched from the locals as I had a bad habit of parroting them when I felt extra cheeky.’
    • ‘The agent repeated her statement and this time I parroted her words, so that my wife could hear what was happening.’
    • ‘So, while the media was mindlessly parroting that information over and over again, these viewers already understood that it most likely was not true.’
    • ‘With great respect, you're parroting Labor's line.’
    • ‘While the two prime ministerial styles were different the words parroted by them and their respective ministers have been very similar over the last few years.’
    • ‘Most local journalists parroted the view that homosexuality was ‘alien’ to Indian culture.’
    • ‘I've found more and more female presenters hosting entertainment programmes parroting their Hong Kong and Taiwanese counterparts.’
    • ‘Throughout this period, large newspaper chains experienced little government harassment because they often parroted the views of the economic and ruling elite.’
    • ‘Apparently - and we're just parroting him here - it's delightful.’
    • ‘The ‘we can increase production’ quote has been parroted repeatedly in the mainstream media with little background or additional information provided.’
    • ‘Today's Conservative Party are meekly copying his method - refusing to pledge tax cuts and parroting Labour's spending bonanza pledge on schools and hospitals.’
    • ‘Asked about writing, she examines the butter dish with interest, before mouthing some sentences like a student parroting poetry.’
    • ‘The intention - where the commentator concerned is not simply parroting the line of the last ‘expert’ on the topic he or she happened to listen to - the intention is to persuade.’
    • ‘And we must become critical of the real role of the WTO in society, contrary to the government rhetoric parroted by the media.’
    • ‘Instead, we have had the depressing experience of hearing councils parroting some rather stale agendas.’
    • ‘And it seems that there is a concerted effort lead by Democrats and parroted by the media, to disenfranchise us.’
    repeat mindlessly, repeat, repeat mechanically, echo, say again
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Early 16th century: probably from dialect French perrot, diminutive of the male given name Pierre ‘Peter’. Compare with parakeet.