Definition of parrot in English:


nounPlural parrots

  • 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

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

verbparrots, parroting, parroted

[with object]
  • Repeat mechanically.

    ‘encouraging students to parrot back information’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Asked about writing, she examines the butter dish with interest, before mouthing some sentences like a student parroting poetry.’
    • ‘Most local journalists parroted the view that homosexuality was ‘alien’ to Indian culture.’
    • ‘With great respect, you're parroting Labor's line.’
    • ‘Instead, we have had the depressing experience of hearing councils parroting some rather stale agendas.’
    • ‘I've found more and more female presenters hosting entertainment programmes parroting their Hong Kong and Taiwanese counterparts.’
    • ‘The agent repeated her statement and this time I parroted her words, so that my wife could hear what was happening.’
    • ‘And it seems that there is a concerted effort lead by Democrats and parroted by the media, to disenfranchise us.’
    • ‘Apparently - and we're just parroting him here - it's delightful.’
    • ‘Throughout this period, large newspaper chains experienced little government harassment because they often parroted the views of the economic and ruling elite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, while the media was mindlessly parroting that information over and over again, these viewers already understood that it most likely was not true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The ‘we can increase production’ quote has been parroted repeatedly in the mainstream media with little background or additional information provided.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And we must become critical of the real role of the WTO in society, contrary to the government rhetoric parroted by the media.’
    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.