parlous


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par·lous

 (pär′ləs)
adj.
1. Perilous; dangerous: "starting from scratch in parlous economic times" (Madalynne Reuter).
2. Obsolete Dangerously cunning.

[Middle English, variant of perilous, perilous, from peril, peril; see peril.]

par′lous·ly adv.

parlous

(ˈpɑːləs)
adj
1. dangerous or difficult
2. cunning
adv
extremely
[C14 perlous, variant of perilous]
ˈparlously adv
ˈparlousness n

par•lous

(ˈpɑr ləs)

adj.
1. perilous; dangerous.
2. Obs. cunning; shrewd.
[1350–1400; Middle English, earlier perlous, syncopated variant of perilous perilous]
par′lous•ly, adv.
par′lous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.parlous - fraught with dangerparlous - fraught with danger; "dangerous waters"; "a parlous journey on stormy seas"; "a perilous voyage across the Atlantic in a small boat"; "the precarious life of an undersea diver"; "dangerous surgery followed by a touch-and-go recovery"
dangerous, unsafe - involving or causing danger or risk; liable to hurt or harm; "a dangerous criminal"; "a dangerous bridge"; "unemployment reached dangerous proportions"

parlous

adjective (Archaic or humorous) dangerous, difficult, desperate, risky, dire, hazardous, hairy (slang), perilous, chancy (informal) Our economy is in a parlous state.

parlous

adjective
Involving possible risk, loss, or injury:
Slang: hairy.
Translations

parlous

[ˈpɑːləs] ADJ [state] → lamentable, crítico, pésimo

parlous

[ˈpɑːrləs] adj (formal)précaireParma ham parma ham [ˌpɑːrməˈhæm] njambon m de Parme

parlous

adj (old, liter) to be in a parlous statesich in einem prekären Zustand befinden

parlous

[ˈpɑːləs] adj (old) (liter) → periglioso/a
References in classic literature ?
Sir, it is parlous news I bring, and -- be these pilgrims?
But it was not until we had effected our entry through the room which had been my very own, and made our parlous way across the lighted landing, to the best bedroom of those days and these, that I really felt myself a worm.
It was clear that the miscreant was in a parlous state.
If you find us in so parlous a state, it is surely scarcely dignified or gracious, on the part of a great nation like yours, to leave us so abruptly to our fate.
Daylight, after I had been four hours in the water, found me in a parlous condition in the tide-rips off Mare Island light, where the swift ebbs from Vallejo Straits and Carquinez Straits were fighting with each other, and where, at that particular moment, they were fighting the flood tide setting up against them from San Pablo Bay.
1 overs before Maghull skipper Greg Gillespie made 71 not out to rescue his team from a parlous 37-4.
This parlous state of affairs is a direct result of New Labour's idiotic target of sending 50% of young people to university, turning higher education into a business like widget manufacture.
Where would they be now with the parlous state of the North Sea oil industry?
Problems remain and some rugby fans attribute the parlous financial situation of their clubs and dearth of young players to decisions taken in Cardiff.
Nor do you know what the venue will be like when you get there, as was experienced last week by Jim Davidson, who went on to Twitter to complain about the backstage facilities and general parlous state of one particular council-run establishment.
He added that uncertainty over Scotland's currency arrangements 'could prompt capital flight from the country, leaving its financial system in a parlous state.
Add in the parlous state of its surroundings and bus station, it's a wonder some tourists make it past the taxi rank.