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Meaning of PARLOUS

Pronunciation:  'pârlus

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  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"

PARLOUS is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: dangerous, perilous, precarious, touch-and-go, unsafe



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"lous\, a. [For perlous, a contr. fr. perilous.]
1. Attended with peril; dangerous; as, a parlous cough.
   [Archaic] ``A parlous snuffing.'' --Beau. & Fl.

2. Venturesome; bold; mischievous; keen. [Obs.] ``A parlous
   boy.'' --Shak. ``A parlous wit.'' --Dryden. --
   {Par"lous*ly}, adv. [Obs.] -- {Par"lous*ness}, n. [Obs.]

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