- To fend off (an attack) with a weapon or the hand.
- To evade or avoid (a question or blow) by a sudden shift of position.
Middle english perren, from old french perrer to push, thrust, of germanic origin.
- He parried the sword thrust with his shield.
- She parried the question by changing the subject.
- He was trained to parry punches and kicks.
- The boxer was able to parry the punches and deliver counterpunches.
- The lawyer was able to parry the prosecutor's accusations with a well-prepared defense.