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priceless

[prahys-lis] /ˈpraɪs lɪs/
adjective
1.
having a value beyond all price; invaluable:
a priceless artwork.
2.
delightfully amusing or absurd:
a priceless anecdote.
Origin of priceless
1905-1910
1905-10; price + -less
Related forms
pricelessness, noun
Synonyms
1. irreplaceable, precious, costly, incomparable.
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British Dictionary definitions for priceless

priceless

/ˈpraɪslɪs/
adjective
1.
of inestimable worth; beyond valuation; invaluable
2.
(informal) extremely amusing or ridiculous
Derived Forms
pricelessly, adverb
pricelessness, noun
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Word Origin and History for priceless
adj.

"having a value beyond price," 1590s, from price (n.) + -less. Colloquial sense of "delightful" attested from 1907. Related: Pricelessly; pricelessness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for priceless

priceless

adjective

Very funny or amusing: priceless observation (1907+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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