[ ik-spen-siv ]
/ ɪkˈspɛn sɪv /


entailing great expense; very high-priced; costly: an expensive party.

Nearby words

  1. expendable,
  2. expenditure,
  3. expense,
  4. expense account,
  5. expenses,
  6. expensively,
  7. experience,
  8. experience is the best teacher,
  9. experience meeting,
  10. experience point

Origin of expensive

First recorded in 1620–30; expense + -ive

SYNONYMS FOR expensive
Expensive, costly, dear, high-priced apply to something that is high in price. Expensive is applied to whatever entails considerable expense; it suggests a price more than the average person would normally be able to pay or a price paid only for something special: an expensive automobile. Costly implies that the price is a large sum, usually because of the fineness, preciousness, etc., of the object: a costly jewel. Dear is commonly applied in England to something that is selling beyond its usual or just price. In the U.S., high-priced is the usual equivalent.

ANTONYMS FOR expensive

Related formsex·pen·sive·ly, adverbex·pen·sive·ness, nounqua·si-ex·pen·sive, adjectivequa·si-ex·pen·sive·ly, adverb

Can be confusedexpansive expensive (see synonym study at the current entry)

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British Dictionary definitions for expensiveness


/ (ɪkˈspɛnsɪv) /


high-priced; costly; dear
Derived Formsexpensively, adverbexpensiveness, noun

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Word Origin and History for expensiveness



1620s, "given to profuse expenditure," from expense (n.) + -ive. Meaning "costly" is from 1630s. Earlier was expenseful (c.1600). Expenseless was in use mid-17c.-18c., but there seems nothing now to which it applies, and the dictionaries label it "obsolete."

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