parlous

[pahr-luhs]
adjective
1.
perilous; dangerous.
2.
Obsolete. clever; shrewd.
adverb
3.
to a large extent; greatly.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English, variant of perlous, syncopated variant of perilous

parlously, adverb
parlousness, noun
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parlous (ˈpɑːləs)
 
adj
1.  dangerous or difficult
2.  cunning
 
adv
3.  extremely
 
[C14 perlous, variant of perilous]
 
'parlously
 
adv
 
'parlousness
 
n

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parlous
late 14c., late M.E. contraction of perilous.
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