Origin of perilous
Examples from the Web for perilously
How many Benny Hill scenes involved the creepy, portly man zooming about perilously near an unfathomably stacked woman?
It is an everyplace, thoroughly Irish but perilously vulnerable to changes in the prevailing global winds.
Bennett has a point, but, in a perilously obtuse way, he's also missing the point.Israel's Latest Prisoner Release is an Unconvincing Goodwill Gesture|Matt Lerner|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn made headlines a few days by saying that Obama is “perilously close” to meeting criteria for impeachment.Impeaching Obama May Be Absurd, but That Won’t Stop the Right-Wing Fringe|Michael Tomasky|August 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
This is perilously close to what buying elections looks like.October Surprise: Shadowy Conservative Groups Dominate Outside Spending|John Avlon|October 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Slowly and easily the valve-pipes rose, lifting George and the head of his bed into the air, perilously.Steel|Charles Rumford Walker
Perilously near the end of the platform he stopped short and put his hand to his head.
Levi had taken from him his father's love; he had driven him, if not to ruin, at least perilously close to it.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates|Howard Pyle
We, the launch and the river were playing a gigantic gamble, in which the stakes on our part were perilously heavy.Through the Heart of Patagonia|H. Hesketh Prichard
Indeed, at this point, Ensign Dave was perilously near to breaking his word as to believing Surigny.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service|H. Irving Hancock
British Dictionary definitions for perilously
Word Origin and History for perilously
c.1300, from Old French perillos "perilous, dangerous" (Modern French périlleux) "dangerous, hazardous," from Latin periculosus "dangerous, hazardous," from periculum "a danger, attempt, risk" (see peril). Related: Perilously; perilousness.