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parlous

[ pahr-luhs ]
/ ˈpɑr ləs /
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adjective

perilous; dangerous.
Obsolete. clever; shrewd.

adverb

to a large extent; greatly.

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Origin of parlous

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

OTHER WORDS FROM parlous

par·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 forms of parlous

parlously, adverbparlousness, noun

Word Origin for parlous

C14 perlous, variant of perilous
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