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Definitions of precious

  1. characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (intensifier) extremely; "there is precious little time left" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. extremely; "there is precious little time left" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf. Precieuse, Preciosity. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. Newage Dictionary DB
  8. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed; dear; beloved; as, precious recollections. Newage Dictionary DB
  9. Particular; fastidious; overnice. Newage Dictionary DB
  10. Of great price or value; costly; very dear. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. Preciously. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. Preciousness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Of great price or worth: costly: highly esteemed: worthless, contemptible (in irony): (B.) valuable because of its rarity. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Costly; valuable; dear. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Highly priced or prized. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Of great price; costly: of great value; highly valued; worthless, in irony. Precious metals, gold and silver. Precious stones, gems. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Of great value; costly; highly esteemed; in irony, worthless. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  18. presh'us, adj. of great price or worth: costly: highly esteemed: worthless, contemptible (in irony): fastidious, overnice: (coll.) considerable: (B.) valuable because rare.--adv. (coll.) extremely.--n. PRECIOS'ITY, fastidiousness, affected overrefinement.--adv. PREC'IOUSLY.--ns. PREC'IOUS-MET'AL, a metal of great value, as gold or silver; PREC'IOUSNESS; PREC'IOUS-STONE, a stone of value and beauty for ornamentation: a gem or jewel. [O. Fr. precios (Fr. précieux)--L. pretiosus--pretium, price.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Of great price, costly; p. metals, gold, silver, (sometimes) platinum; p. stone, gem; of great non-material worth, as p. words, privilege, knowledge, blood of Christ; affectedly refined in language, workmanship, &c., so preciosity n.; (colloq., as intensive) made a p. mess of it, a p. sight more than you think; (ellipt.) my p. (dear &c.); (adv., colloq. intensive) took p. good care of that, p. little of it. Hence preciously adv., preciousness n. [middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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