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

1620–30; expense + -ive

expensively, adverb
expensiveness, noun
quasi-expensive, adjective
quasi-expensively, adverb

expansive, expensive (see synonym study at the current entry).

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.

cheap, low-priced.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To expensive
World English Dictionary
expensive (ɪkˈspɛnsɪv)
high-priced; costly; dear

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

1628, "given to profuse expenditure," from expense + -ive. Main modern meaning "costly" is from 1630s.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
Although single-crystal cells offer high conversion efficiencies, they are
  expensive to make.
She paired the bargain finds with high-end partners, such as standard tiles
  with expensive faucets, to get the look she wanted.
The machines in the factories were complex and expensive and becoming more so
  by the year.
And the longer before the plug is pulled, the more expensive.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature