précieux

précieux

[prey-see-oo; French prey-syœ]
adjective
1.
(of a man) overly fastidious or refined; precious; affected.
noun, plural précieux [prey-see-ooz; French prey-syœ] .
2.
an affected or excessively fastidious man, as in dress, manner, or speech.

Origin:
1890–95; < French; literally, precious

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