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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
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, variant of perlous, syncopated variant of perilous
Related forms
parlously, adverb
parlousness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for parlously

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