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precious 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, treasured, wanted]
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" [syn: cute] adv : extremely; "there is precious little time left" [syn: preciously]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. of high value or worth, or seemingly regarded as such
    • The crown had many precious gemstones
    • This building work needs site access, and tell the city council that I don't give a fuck for a few lorry tyre ruts across their precious grass verge.
  2. regarded with love or tenderness.
    • My precious daughter is to marry
  3. treated with too much reverence.
    • He spent hours painting the eyes of the portrait, which his fellow artists regarded as a bit precious.


of high value or worth


  1. someone (or something) who is loved; a darling
    • "It isn't fair, my precious to ask us what it's got in its nasty pockets" - J. R. R. Tolkein, The Hobbit


  1. used as an intensifier
    • There is precious little we can do

Extensive Definition

Precious may refer to:
In other uses
  • Precious, the ring name of professional wrestling valet Patti Williams
  • Precious, an orangutan on the soap opera Passions
  • Precious (Boukenger), treasures in the series GoGo Sentai Boukenger
  • My precious or the One Ring, a magical object at the center of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings
precious in Japanese: プレシャス

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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