Parlous definition

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(literary) Perilous; dangerous; risky.
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Perilous; dangerous.
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(obsolete) Dangerously cunning.
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(archaic) Dangerously clever; cunning, mischievous, shrewd, etc.
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Extremely; very.
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Attended with peril; dangerous; risky.

The situation became parlous when the weather made resupply impossible.

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Those manning the facility were in a parlous state.

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(archaic) Very, extremely.
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Origin of parlous

  • Middle English variant of perilous perilous from peril peril peril

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English contraction of perilous

    From Wiktionary