Parlously
Parlous Par"lous, a. [For perlous, a contr. fr. perilous.] [1913 Webster] 1. Attended with peril; dangerous; as, a parlous cough. [Archaic] ``A parlous snuffing.'' --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

2. Venturesome; bold; mischievous; keen. [Obs.] ``A parlous boy.'' --Shak. ``A parlous wit.'' --Dryden. -- {Par"lous*ly}, adv. [Obs.] -- {Par"lous*ness}, n. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]


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  • parlously — adverb see parlous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parlously — See parlous. * * * …   Universalium

  • parlously — adverb In a parlous way …   Wiktionary

  • parlously — pÉ‘rlÉ™slɪ / pɑːl adv. dangerously, in a risky manner, perilously …   English contemporary dictionary

  • parlously — par·lous·ly …   English syllables

  • parlously — adverb see parlous I …   Useful english dictionary

  • parlous — parlously, adv. parlousness, n. /pahr leuhs/, adj. 1. perilous; dangerous. 2. Obs. clever; shrewd. adv. 3. to a large extent; greatly. [1350 1400; ME, var. of perlous, syncopated var. of PERILOUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • parlous — adjective Etymology: Middle English, alteration of perilous Date: 14th century 1. obsolete dangerously shrewd or cunning 2. full of danger or risk ; hazardous < the parlous state of the country > • parlously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • parlous — [ pα:ləs] adjective archaic or humorous full of uncertainty; precarious: the parlous state of the economy. Derivatives parlously adverb parlousness noun Origin ME: contr. of perilous (see peril) …   English new terms dictionary

  • parlous — /ˈpaləs / (say pahluhs) adjective 1. precarious; endangered; dire: the parlous state of the health system. 2. Obsolete clever; shrewd. {Middle English; variant of perilous} –parlously, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

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