pre·​car·​i·​ous·​ly pri-ˈker-ē-əs-lē How to pronounce precariously (audio)
: in a precarious manner
These birds suspend their nests precariously among fine twigs …Michael Hansell
… the privilege of a tiny, precariously poised minority.Derek Bickerton
Waiters in white shirts and black vests roamed, trays balanced precariously but with utmost precision.Noah Charney
… it's now balancing precariously on the brink of extinction and has become the first-ever bumblebee to be declared endangered in the US.Laura Dennison

Examples of precariously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Probably the most severe criticism came from the liberal British outlet, the Economist, which published an editorial under a picture of an old person’s walker with the seal of the U.S. president hung precariously on it. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner - Political News and Conservative Analysis About Congress, the President, and the Federal Government, 6 July 2024 On Saturday, the converted warehouse where the two precariously reside will host a rave. Jeremy Atherton Lin, Washington Post, 4 July 2024 Reinhart’s goal came moments after Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov cleared a puck that was precariously sliding in the crease behind goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. David K. Li, NBC News, 25 June 2024 Everyone in Good Company wears multiple precariously balanced hats, from Ginger (Kate Nowlin), who acts and dramaturgs and choreographs, to Geoff (Daniel Petzold), who acts and does costumes and sets. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 16 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for precariously 

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of precariously was in 1646

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“Precariously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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