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parrot

[par-uh t] /ˈpær ət/
noun
1.
any of numerous hook-billed, often brilliantly colored birds of the order Psittaciformes, as the cockatoo, lory, macaw, or parakeet, having the ability to mimic speech and often kept as pets.
2.
a person who, without thought or understanding, merely repeats the words or imitates the actions of another.
verb (used with object)
3.
to repeat or imitate without thought or understanding.
4.
to teach to repeat or imitate in such a fashion.
Origin
1515-1525
1515-25; apparently < Middle French P(i)errot, diminutive of Pierre (see parakeet), though a comparable sense of the French word is not known until the 18th century
Related forms
parrotlike, adjective
parroty, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for parroty

parrot

/ˈpærət/
noun
1.
any bird of the tropical and subtropical order Psittaciformes, having a short hooked bill, compact body, bright plumage, and an ability to mimic sounds related adjective psittacine
2.
a person who repeats or imitates the words or actions of another unintelligently
3.
generally (facetious) sick as a parrot, extremely disappointed
verb -rots, -roting, -roted
4.
(transitive) to repeat or imitate mechanically without understanding
Derived Forms
parrotry, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from French paroquet; see parakeet
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Word Origin and History for parroty

parrot

n.

1520s, of uncertain origin, perhaps from dialectal Middle French perrot, from a variant of Pierre "Peter;" or perhaps a dialectal form of perroquet (see parakeet). Replaced earlier popinjay. The German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt in South America in 1800 encountered a very old parrot that was the sole speaker of a dead Indian language, the original tribe having gone extinct.

v.

"repeat without understanding," 1590s, from parrot (n.). Related: Parroted; parroting.

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