from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Perilous; dangerous: "starting from scratch in parlous economic times” ( Madalynne Reuter).
- adj. Obsolete Dangerously cunning.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Attended with peril; dangerous; risky.
- adj. Dire, terrible, appalling.
- adj. Dangerously clever or cunning.
- adv. Very, extremely.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Attended with peril; dangerous.
- adj. Venturesome; bold; mischievous; keen.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Perilous; dangerous; alarming; mischievous.
- Notable; knowing; shrewd.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. fraught with danger
Bain's legal representative, Nicholas Ellis, referred to "what might be described as the parlous financial state" of Rangers.
It's in parlous condition, and it's filled with small, pilferable items, such as unopened letters and a rubber stamp that reads "I never answer letters, Ernest Hemingway."
"Between our omnipresent legislatures which spend our time and money repealing what we lawyers already know, and enacting laws for the courts to set aside, these are what might be called parlous times for the profession, but my long suit is not in understanding statutes, but people."
However, Labour's new general secretary, Ray Collins, has admitted its finances remain in a 'parlous' state.
He added that the country was in a "parlous" state and was experiencing many problems which were undermining freedom and democracy.
He described the condition of the fleet as "parlous".
If there be any magnetism in isolated attention, any in steadfast gazing, any in passes of the hand hither and thither -- if there be any magic in _ce doux demi-jour_ so loved in France, in stuff for flattery ready pointed and feathered, in freedom of admiration, "and all in the way of business" -- then is a lovable sitter to a love-like painter in "parlous" vicinity (as the new school would phrase it) to sweet heart-land!
This weekend, as he considers the parlous state of his international reputation, he is likely to feeling a lot less comfortable than his one-time party friend.
Given the parlous state of the music industry in recent years, when Goldman Sachs was appointed to look at Warner's options back in January, the big question was would anyone care at all?
Moreover, the already limited ability of our leaders to fashion a coherent strategy on other global issues is being further hampered by the repercussions of our parlous economic situation.