Definitions

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  • adv. In a parlous way.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Perilously; dangerously; desperately; amazingly.

Etymologies

parlous +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Either plump to excess or excessively lean; either parlously young or portentously old; — the medium is mawkish. —

    Peer Gynt

  • Roger -- you are coming parlously close to trashing an entire genre, which I don't think you mean to do.

    Cheering the Home Team

  • Wonky - Descriptive of an object tottering parlously in place.

    The Talk In London - A New Yorker's Report from the Field

  • Universal Service for Home Defence, but he casts no stone at those who so long and parlously delayed to learn their lesson.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 152, March 21, 1917

  • These acts of lethal self-preservation prove conclusively that he knows who he is and that he fully realizes that his acts are parlously illegal.

    Moral Deliberations in Modern Cinema

  • And then she could control herself no longer, and was forced to smile, -- one of those broad mirthful smiles that are parlously near a laugh.

    Too Old for Dolls A Novel

  • She was directly opposite the Sheridan Building then, waiting for the traffic to thin before she crossed, though other people were risking the passage, darting and halting and dodging parlously.

    The Turmoil

  • They are professed, as I have already observed, by Christianity, but even the New Testament is not free from the idea that saints are having a bad time now but will hereafter enjoy a triumph, parlously like the exuberance of the wicked in this world.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 1

  • For if the mind of a dog or chimpanzee contains no element which is immortal, the part of the human mind on which the claim to immortality can be based must be parlously small, since _ex hypothesi_ sensation, volition, desire and the simpler forms of intelligence are not immortal.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 1

  • "Thou didst fright me parlously, and my coz likewise."

    Men of Iron

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