|Origin:||Probably from French parez! 'prepare!', from parer; PARE|
par‧ry past tense and past participle parried, present participle parrying, third person singular parries
1PMW [intransitive and transitive]
to defend yourself against someone who is attacking you by pushing their weapon or hand to one side [= deflect]:
It is far easier to parry a direct blow than to stop it forcibly.
to avoid answering a question that is difficult to answer or that someone does not want to answer:
He parried all her questions about his work.
—parry noun [countable]