To ward off; to stop, or to turn aside; as, to parry a thrust, a blow, or anything that means or threatens harm.
- To deflect or ward off (a fencing thrust, for example).
- To deflect, evade, or avoid: He skillfully parried the question with a clever reply.
- To deflect or ward off a thrust or blow.
- The deflecting or warding off of a thrust or blow, as in fencing.
- An evasive answer or action.