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parlous

[pahr-luh s] /ˈpɑr ləs/
adjective
1.
perilous; dangerous.
2.
Obsolete. clever; shrewd.
adverb
3.
to a large extent; greatly.
Origin of parlous
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, variant of perlous, syncopated variant of perilous
Related forms
parlously, adverb
parlousness, noun
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  • But there are difficulties everywhere, and it is parlous work to break up ground at Omey.

    Disturbed Ireland Bernard H. Becker
  • Five or six years ago its affairs were in so parlous a state that 19s.

    The World in Chains John Mavrogordato
  • In my parlous state, could I hope to take charge of a suckling?

    The Life of Mohammad Etienne Dinet
  • Fate had given Mayo and his associate an ideal crew for that parlous job.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • He was at a loss how to open the parlous subject, how to communicate to Crispin the amazing news upon which he had stumbled.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • It was plain paddling with the stream, but parlous slow, and hot and cramped.

    A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White
  • Tom was clearly determined to pursue his object, and the Moor reflected that, whatever he did, he was 163 in parlous danger.

    King of the Air Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for parlous

parlous

/ˈpɑːləs/
adjective
1.
dangerous or difficult
2.
cunning
adverb
3.
extremely
Derived Forms
parlously, adverb
parlousness, noun
Word Origin
C14 perlous, variant of perilous
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Word Origin and History for parlous
adj.

late 14c., late Middle English contraction of perilous.

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