• (adjective): Of high cost or worth; valuable.
  • (adjective): Highly esteemed; cherished.
  • (adjective): Dear; beloved.
  • (adjective): Affectedly dainty or overrefined: precious mannerisms.
  • (adjective): Informal Thoroughgoing; unmitigated: a precious mess.
  • (noun): One who is dear or beloved; a darling.
  • (adverb): Used as an intensive: "He had precious little right to complain” ( James Agee).

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  • (adjective): obviously contrived to charm; "an insufferably precious performance"; "a child with intolerably cute mannerisms"
  • (adjective): held in great esteem for admirable qualities especially of an intrinsic nature; "a valued friend"; "precious memories"
  • (adjective): of high worth or cost; "diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are precious stones"
  • (adjective): characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted"
  • (adverb): extremely; "there is precious little time left"

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  • "My precious, _precious_ child," she said, "_He_ is able to save to the

  • I know what they mean, but this is a rare case where I would use the term "precious" as a term of praise.

  • Husky and direct rather than what she calls "precious and demure," she's never been shy about invoking her home country one of her top early songs is called "Hockey Skates".

  • As for the future, Earle and Buckland hope to keep their company growing while staying true to what they call their precious recipe.

  • We are very far from understanding all the secret resources of nature; but I do not think the spontaneous formation of the crystals, which we call precious stones, one of the most difficult phenomena to comprehend.

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