- Literary perilous; dangerous; risky
- Archaic dangerously clever; cunning, mischievous, shrewd, etc.
Origin of parlousME, contr. of perilous
- Perilous; dangerous: “starting from scratch in parlous economic times” (Madalynne Reuter).
- Obsolete Dangerously cunning.
Origin of parlousMiddle English, variant of perilous, perilous, from peril, peril; see peril.
(comparative more parlous, superlative most parlous)
Middle English contraction of perilous