What does parlous mean?

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ˈpɑr ləspar·lous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. parlous, perilous, precarious, touch-and-goadjective

    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"


  1. parlousadverb

    Very, extremely.

  2. parlousadjective

    Attended with peril; dangerous; risky.

    The situation became parlous when the weather made resupply impossible.

  3. parlousadjective

    Dire, terrible, appalling.

    Those manning the facility were in a parlous state.

  4. parlousadjective

    Dangerously clever or cunning.

  5. Etymology: Middle English contraction of perilous

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PARLOUSadjective

    Keen; sprightly; waggish.

    Etymology: This might seem to come from parler, Fr. to speak; but Franciscus Junius derives it, I think, rightly, from perilous, in which sense it answers to the Latin improbus.

    Midas durst communicate
    To none but to his wife his ears of state;
    One must be trusted, and he thought her fit,
    As passing prudent, and a parlous wit. Dryden.


  1. parlous

    Parlous is an adjective that means full of danger or uncertainty; precarious. It is often used to describe a risky or hazardous situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Parlousadjective

    attended with peril; dangerous; as, a parlous cough.

  2. Parlousadjective

    venturesome; bold; mischievous; keen

  3. Etymology: [For perlous, a contr. fr. perilous.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Parlous

    pär′lus, adj. perilous, venturesome, notable.—adv. Par′lously. [Perilous.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of parlous in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of parlous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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