parlous

[ pahr-luh s ]
/ ˈpɑr ləs /

adjective

perilous; dangerous.
Obsolete. clever; shrewd.

adverb

to a large extent; greatly.

Nearby words

  1. parlor house,
  2. parlor palm,
  3. parlormaid,
  4. parlour,
  5. parlour game,
  6. parlously,
  7. parlyaree,
  8. parm,
  9. parma,
  10. parma ham

Origin of parlous

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

Related formspar·lous·ly, adverbpar·lous·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for parlous

parlous

/ (ˈpɑːləs) archaic, or jocular /

adjective

dangerous or difficult
cunning

adverb

extremely
Derived Formsparlously, adverbparlousness, noun

Word Origin for parlous

C14 perlous, variant of perilous

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Word Origin and History for parlous

parlous

adj.

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

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