from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A dialectal form of parlous.
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Father Bowles might be in a "parlish" state; but as to all supporters of bishops and the heathenish custom of fixed prayers -- whether they wore black gowns or no -- "a man mut hae his doots."
And it's parlish odd I've not lived marraless iver sin '. "