Definition of parlous in English:

parlous

Line breaks: par|lous
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːləs
 
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adjective

archaic or • humorous

adverb

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  • Greatly or excessively: she is parlous handsome
    More example sentences
    • Is the state of American political fiction really so parlous perilous?

Derivatives

parlously

adverb

parlousness

noun
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  • In my submission, it is significant, because this document demonstrates that in practical terms this venture was in the same state of parlousness as was the venture considered in Jekos.

Origin

late Middle English: contraction of perilous.

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