precious

[presh-uh s]

adjective

noun

a dearly beloved person; darling.

adverb

extremely; very: She wastes precious little time.

Nearby words

  1. precession of the equinoxes,
  2. precieuse,
  3. precinct,
  4. precincts,
  5. preciosity,
  6. precious coral,
  7. precious few,
  8. precious metal,
  9. precious moonstone,
  10. precious opal

Origin of precious

1250–1300; Middle English preciose (< Old French precios) < Latin pretiōsus costly, valuable, equivalent to preti(um) price, value + -ōsus -ous

SYNONYMS FOR precious
1. See valuable. 3. darling, cherished.

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British Dictionary definitions for precious

precious

adjective

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!

adverb

informal (intensifier)there's precious little left
Derived Formspreciously, adverbpreciousness, noun

Word Origin for precious

C13: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus valuable, from pretium price, value

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