Definition of parlous in English:
adjectivearchaic or humorous
Full of danger or uncertainty; precarious: the parlous state of the economy the General’s position was parlous
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- We come in day after day, lament the parlous state of the telecoms industry and resolve on a regular basis to get new means of employment.
- The railways emerged in a parlous state, in dire need of a major overhaul.
- That is not a high level of income, but when one considers a number of other issues one finds that it is becoming even more difficult and parlous for people to live on it.
bad, dire, dreadful, awful, terrible, appalling, frightful, grave, serious, desperate, precarious, uncertain, touch-and-go, difficult, unsafe, perilous, dangerous, risky;
British informal dodgy, chronic
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Late Middle English: contraction of perilous.
- Example sentences
- 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.
Words that rhyme with parlousbraless
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