Definition of parlous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

parlous

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˈpɑːləs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːrləs//
 
(formal)
 
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(of a situation) very bad and very uncertain; dangerous synonym perilous the parlous state of the economy Word Origin late Middle English: contraction of perilous.
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