precious

(redirected from precious few)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.

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
References in classic literature ?
Well, I'll give you a hint about that, a hint about something precious few people know."
The Magpies will only get a precious few chances and if they are to have even the slightest sniff they may have to take one of them early.
There were precious few big winners this time, as nobody claimed the jackpot and only two people managed to get Match 5 wins.
Enemies leap from longboats to storm the beaches, while your precious few units of bustling soldiers use special skills or items earned in previous victories to hopefully turn the tide.
There are precious few reasons why her opposite numbers at Holyrood shouldn't support her on this, too.
If so, there will be precious few old classics to watch over the Christmas holidays.
There have been precious few bright spots since then and Clement was sacked last week following a run of just one win in ten league games.
Joe Root's tourists will therefore instead be in action at a ground familiar to them and many of their supporters, but one with precious few good memories for England thanks to just one Test win there - against a home team weakened in 1978 by the advent of World Series.
There are lots of aftermarket AR-15 trigger companies, and many are superb, but precious few have the credentials and repertoire that the Wisconsin Trigger Company M-K II has.
JOHN BISHOP'S GORILLA ADVENTURE ITV 9pm In a one-off film, the comic joins a group of vets who are working to save the precious few mountain gorillas left.
And then the man with precious few social skills misread the signs - Hans bending down to tie his shoelaces - and caused a scene of his own while hitching a ride back to a country hotel ahead of Hans's wedding: "Hans, do NOT murder them!"
Filling a hole in Denver's lodging landscape, the 165-room Art Hotel is set to open this month in the Museum District--aka the Golden Triangle, which is home to, yes, the Denver Art Museum (DAM), the Clyfford Still Museum, and the History Colorado Center but, until now, precious few hotel rooms.