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pre·cious

 (prĕsh′əs)
adj.
1. Of high cost or worth; valuable: precious jewels.
2. Highly esteemed; cherished: precious moments with the new baby.
3. Dear; beloved: a friend who is precious to me.
4. Affectedly dainty or overrefined: precious mannerisms.
5. Informal Thoroughgoing; unmitigated: a precious mess.
n.
One who is dear or beloved; a darling.
adv.
Used as an intensive: "He had precious little right to complain" (James Agee).

[Middle English, from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus, from pretium, price; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

pre′cious·ly adv.
pre′cious·ness n.

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
informal (intensifier): there's precious little left.
[C13: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiōsus valuable, from pretium price, value]
ˈpreciously adv
ˈpreciousness n

pre•cious

(ˈprɛʃ əs)

adj.
1. of high price or great value: precious metals.
2. highly esteemed for some nonmaterial quality: precious memories.
3. dear; beloved: a precious child.
4. designating a stone or crystal, esp. a diamond, ruby, sapphire, or emerald, valued as rare and beautiful, used in jewelry.
5. affectedly or excessively refined.
6. flagrant; gross: a precious fool.
n.
7. a dearly beloved person; darling.
adv.
8. extremely; very: We have precious little time.
[1250–1300; Middle English preciose (< Old French precios) < Latin pretiōsus costly, valuable =preti(um) price, value + -ōsus -ous]
pre′cious•ly, adv.
pre′cious•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.precious - characterized by feeling or showing fond affection forprecious - characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted"
loved - held dear; "his loved companion of many years"
2.precious - of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"
valuable - having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange; "a valuable diamond"
3.precious - held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature; "a valued friend"; "precious memories"
worthy - having worth or merit or value; being honorable or admirable; "a worthy fellow"; "a worthy cause"
4.precious - obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
artful - marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft; "the artful dodger"; "an artful choice of metaphors"
Adv.1.precious - extremely; "there is precious little time left"
intensifier, intensive - a modifier that has little meaning except to intensify the meaning it modifies; "`up' in `finished up' is an intensifier"; "`honestly' in `I honestly don't know' is an intensifier"

precious

adjective
1. valuable, expensive, rare, fine, choice, prized, dear, costly, high-priced, exquisite, invaluable, priceless, recherché, inestimable jewellery and precious objects belonging to her mother
valuable cheap, worthless, rubbishy, trashy, a dime a dozen, nickel-and-dime (U.S. slang), paltry, two a penny (informal), valueless
2. loved, valued, favourite, prized, dear, dearest, treasured, darling, beloved, adored, cherished, fave (informal), idolized, worth your or its weight in gold her most precious possession
3. affected, artificial, fastidious, twee (Brit. informal), chichi, overrefined, overnice Actors, he decided, were all precious and neurotic.

precious

adjective
1. Of great value:
Idioms: beyond price, of great price.
2. Regarded with much love and tenderness:
3. Artificially genteel:
Informal: la-di-da.
noun
A person who is much loved:
Informal: sweetie.
Idiom: light of one's life.
Translations
ثَميننَفِيس
cennýdrahocenný
dyrebarkostbar
arvokaskallisarvoinen
dragocjen
becsesdrágaértékes
dÿrmætur
貴重な
소중한
brangusis metalas
dārgsvērtīgs
dragdragocen
dyrbar
ล้ำค่า
çok değerlideğerli
quý

precious

[ˈpreʃəs]
A. ADJ
1. (= costly) [jewel, stone] → precioso; [commodity, resource] → preciado; [possession] → muy valioso
we're wasting precious timeestamos desperdiciando un tiempo precioso
2. (= treasured) → preciado
she savoured the precious moments they spent togethersaboreó esos momentos preciados que pasaron juntos
her friendship is very precious to meaprecio or valoro mucho su amistad
the book is very precious to mepara mí el libro tiene gran valor
3. (= artificial, affected) [person] → preciosista, afectado; [style] → rebuscado
4. (iro) I couldn't care less about your precious golf clubsme traen sin cuidado tus queridos palos de golf (iro)
B. ADV precious little/fewbien poco/pocos
precious little has been gainedse ha logrado muy poco
C. N (my) precious! (o.f.) → ¡querida!
D. CPD precious metal Nmetal m precioso
precious stone Npiedra f preciosa

precious

[ˈprɛʃəs]
adj
(= valuable) [resource, object, jewels] → précieux/euse
[friend, gift, possession, moment] → précieux/euse
precious time → un temps précieux
This wastes precious time → Cela fait perdre un temps précieux.
time is precious → le temps est précieux
to be precious to sb → être précieux à qn
To me our friendship is a very precious thing → Notre amitié m'est très précieuse.
My life is more precious to me than my property → Ma vie m'est plus précieuse que mes biens.
(humorous)précieux/euse often before n
your precious dog → ton précieux chien
(= affected) → précieux/euse
adv
precious few → fort peu
to have precious few ... → n'avoir que fort peu de ...
We've had precious few days off over the last six months → Nous n'avons eu que fort peu de jours de congé ces six derniers mois.
precious little → fort peu
There was precious little evidence → Il n'y avait que fort peu d'indices.precious metal nmétal m précieuxprecious stone npierre f précieuse

precious

adj
(= costly)wertvoll, kostbar
(= rare) commoditykostbar, wertvoll
(= treasured)wertvoll; (iro)hochverehrt, heiß geliebt; my precious (one)!mein Schatz!; I have very precious memories of that time/of himich habe Erinnerungen an diese Zeit/an ihn, die mir sehr wertvoll or teuer (geh)sind; the loss of our precious daughterder Verlust unserer heiß geliebten Tochter
(pej: = mannered, affected) language, humour etcpretiös, preziös; persongeziert, geschraubt; stylegeziert, gekünstelt
adv (inf) precious little/fewherzlich wenig/wenige (inf); precious little elseherzlich wenig sonst; I had precious little choiceich hatte keine große Wahl

precious

[ˈprɛʃəs]
1. adjprezioso/a
your precious dog (iro) → il tuo amatissimo cane
2. adv (fam) precious little/fewben poco/pochi

precious

(ˈpreʃəs) adjective
of great value. precious jewels.
precious metal
a valuable metal such as gold, silver or platinum.
precious stone
a jewel; a gem. diamonds, emeralds and other precious stones.
precious few/little
very few/little. I've precious little money left.

precious

نَفِيس cenný dyrebar kostbar πολύτιμος precioso arvokas précieux dragocjen prezioso 貴重な 소중한 kostbaar verdifull cenny precioso драгоценный dyrbar ล้ำค่า değerli quý 宝贵的
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A green- covered book appeared, with the same picture inside, and a few words written by their mother, which made their one present very precious in their eyes.
Carefully, as though about to exhibit some, precious jewel, he loosened the oiled-silk wrappings and showed a large map, on thin but tough paper.
It must have been the scarcity of detail in that tawny landscape that made detail so precious.
It was easy to know them, fluttering about with extended, protecting wings when any harm, real or imaginary, threatened their precious brood.
Then follow, for we are losing moments that are as precious as the heart's blood to a stricken deer
So confident were they of that ultimate prospect, that the wealth already thus obtained was religiously expended in engines and machinery for the boring of wells and the conveyance of that precious water which the exhausted river had long since ceased to yield.
Is all this precious time to be lavished on the matutinal repair and beautifying of an elderly person, who never goes abroad, whom nobody ever visits, and from whom, when she shall have done her utmost, it were the best charity to turn one's eyes another way?
Moreover, as that of Heidelburgh was always replenished with the most excellent of the wines of the Rhenish valleys, so the tun of the whale contains by far the most precious of all his oily vintages; namely, the highly-prized spermaceti, in its absolutely pure, limpid, and odoriferous state.
Rebecca, after much coaxing, had been allowed to bring over her precious lamp, which would have given a luxurious air to any apartment, and when Mr.
Although she would infinitely have preferred a personal interview with Noel Vanstone, there was no choice on a matter of life and death but to save the precious hours by writing to him.
As I read, I saw her lovely young face, radiant with love and sorrow as I had last seen it, and pressing the precious little letter to my lips, I said fervently, "Yes, Nicolete, I will be true.
And you won't forget my words; 'A precious sight (that's what you'll say), a precious sight more confidence'-- and then nips him.