- skip - Brewer’s

Parʹlous

.

A corrupt form of perilous, in slang = our modern use of “awful,” amazing, wondrous.

“Oh! ʹtis a parlous lad.”


Shakespeare: As You Like It, iii. 2.

previous entry · index · next entry

ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ

Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

previous entry · index · next entry

Parkership
Parks
Parlance
Parlement (French)
Parliament
Parliament Soldiers
Parliament of Bats (The)
Parliament of Dunces
Parliamentarian (A)
Parlour (A)
Parlous
Parmenianists
Parmesan
Parnassos (Greek), Parnassus (Latin)
Parochial
Parody
Parole (French)
Parolles
Parr
Parricide
Parrot-coal