1. Of great price; costly; as, a precious stone. “The precious bane.”
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; overrefined. Cf. Précieuse, Preciosity.
Lest that precious folk be with me wroth. --Chaucer.
Elaborate embroidery of precious language. --Saintsbury.
Precious metals, the uncommon and highly valuable metals, esp. gold and silver.
Precious stones, gems; jewels.
adj 1: characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a
cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a
treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted" [syn: cherished,
2: of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and
emeralds are precious stones"
3: obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious
performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
adv : extremely; "there is precious little time left" [syn: preciously]