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precious

[presh-uhs]
adjective
1.
of high price or great value; very valuable or costly: precious metals.
2.
highly esteemed for some spiritual, nonmaterial, or moral quality: precious memories.
3.
dear; beloved: a precious child.
4.
affectedly or excessively delicate, refined, or nice: precious manners.
5.
flagrant; gross: a precious fool.
noun
6.
a dearly beloved person; darling.
adverb
7.
extremely; very: She wastes precious little time.

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

preciously, adverb
preciousness, noun
nonprecious, adjective
nonpreciously, adverb
nonpreciousness, noun
unprecious, adjective
unpreciously, adverb
unpreciousness, noun


1. See valuable. 3. darling, cherished.
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precious (ˈprɛʃəs)
 
adj
1.  beloved; dear; cherished
2.  very costly or valuable
3.  held in high esteem, esp in moral or spiritual matters
4.  very fastidious or affected, as in speech, manners, etc
5.  informal worthless: you and your precious ideas!
 
adv
6.  informal (intensifier): there's precious little left
 
[C13: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus valuable, from pretium price, value]
 
'preciously
 
adv
 
'preciousness
 
n

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precious
late 13c., from O.Fr. precios (11c., Fr. précieux), from L. pretiosus "costly, valuable," from pretium "value, worth, price" (see price). Meaning "over-refined" first recorded c.1395. Precieuse "a woman aiming at refined delicacy of language and taste" (1727) is from
Fr. précieuse, noun use of fem. of précieux, especially as lampooned in Molière's comedy "Les Précieuses ridicules" (1659).
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