- of high price or great value; very valuable or costly: precious metals.
- highly esteemed for some spiritual, nonmaterial, or moral quality: precious memories.
- dear; beloved: a precious child.
- affectedly or excessively delicate, refined, or nice: precious manners.
- flagrant; gross: a precious fool.
- a dearly beloved person; darling.
- extremely; very: She wastes precious little time.
Origin of precious
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Examples from the Web for preciousness
What does the preciousness of our white flesh represent in contrast to burnt brown bodies created by our bombs?Thank Goodness We’ve Got A Plan! Let the War Begin!
September 14, 2014
He stripped it of its preciousness, embraced its commercial, mass appeal, and turned the designer into a celebrity.When Fashion Met Art: Andy Warhol & Halston’s Decades-Long Friendship
May 21, 2014
Some of his preciousness is a veneer, however, for his fatalistic streak.Ralph Fiennes Discusses ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel,’ J. Lo, and That ‘Seinfeld’ Episode
March 6, 2014
A tale for the young, illustrative of the preciousness of Scripture promises.Hunter's Marjory
Margaret Bruce Clarke
This she can do now and then; but even so her new lover has yet to learn her preciousness.Oxford
Frederick Douglas How
Let it be so, with an ever-growing sense of the preciousness of the work of intercession.To My Younger Brethren
Handley C. G. Moule
Now they wore a glamour and a preciousness that was bound up with life itself.Miss Mapp
Edward Frederic Benson
The idea of preciousness, as well as that of protection, is included in the word.The Expositor's Bible: The Psalms, Vol. 2
- beloved; dear; cherished
- very costly or valuable
- held in high esteem, esp in moral or spiritual matters
- very fastidious or affected, as in speech, manners, etc
- informal worthlessyou and your precious ideas!
- informal (intensifier)there's precious little left
Word Origin and History for preciousness
mid-13c., from Old French precios "precious, costly, honorable, of great worth" (11c., Modern French précieux), from Latin pretiosus "costly, valuable," from pretium "value, worth, price" (see price (n.)). Meaning "over-refined" in English first recorded late 14c. In Johnson's day, it also had a secondary inverted sense of "worthless." Related: Preciously; preciousness.
"beloved or dear person or object," 1706, from precious (adj.).