Origin of parlous
Examples from the Web for parlous
They also counted on exploiting Honduras's parlous state of affairs among frightened voters.Honduras Presidential Election Passes Over Chavez Loyalists|Mac Margolis|November 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Cities in parlous financial condition often need creditors to keep going.
It could happen here—and in 2010, a parlous American economy did give the GOP a robust midterm triumph.Obama Realigns, the GOP Declines: The New Political Paradigm|Robert Shrum|February 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Archy's suspicions are awakened, and he climbs into the pork pie through an air hole, and prepares his soul for parlous times.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley
Now we all know that it is a parlous affair to fall in love in middle age.The Romance of His Life|Mary Cholmondeley
As you start so you go on, for changing horses in mid-stream has ever been a parlous business.The Smiling Hill-Top|Julia M. Sloane
And now with Ned Rackham in the van, it seemed that the British sailors were in a parlous plight and that their sortie must fail.Blackbeard: Buccaneer|Ralph D. Paine
Ay, sir, an you will; but our case is parlous; I fear me our leisure will not serve.With Drake on the Spanish Main|Herbert Strang
British Dictionary definitions for parlous
Word Origin for parlous
Word Origin and History for parlous
late 14c., late Middle English contraction of perilous.