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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  • 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 — [ 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 — adj. & adv. archaic or joc. adj. 1 dangerous or difficult. 2 hard to deal with. adv. extremely. Derivatives: parlously adv. parlousness n. Etymology: ME, = PERILOUS …   Useful english dictionary

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