Definitions for: Precious


[adv] (intensifier) extremely; "there is precious little time left"
[adj] obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
[adj] characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted"
[adj] of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"



Webster (1913) Definition: Pre"cious, a.
Particular; fastidious; overnice; overrefined. Cf.
Pr['e]cieuse, Preciosity.

Lest that precious folk be with me wroth. --Chaucer.

Elaborate embroidery of precious language.
--Saintsbury.


Pre"cious, a. [OF. precious, precius, precios, F.
pr['e]cieux, L. pretiosus, fr. pretium price, worth, value.
See Price.]
1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. ``The
precious bane.'' --Milton.

2. Of great value or worth; very valuable; highly esteemed;
dear; beloved; as, precious recollections.

She is more precious than rules. --Prov. iii.
15.

Many things which are most precious are neglected
only because the value of them lieth hid. --Hooker.

Note: Also used ironically; as, a precious rascal.

3. Particular; fastidious; overnice. [Obs.]

Lest that precious folk be with me wroth. --Chaucer.

Precious metals, the uncommon and highly valuable metals,
esp. gold and silver.

Precious stones, gems; jewels.

Synonyms: artful, cherished, cute, loved, preciously, treasured, valuable, wanted

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