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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Precious  \Pre"cious\,  a. 
  Particular;  fastidious;  overnice;  overrefined.  Cf 
  {Pr['e]cieuse},  {Preciosity}. 
 
  Lest  that  precious  folk  be  with  me  wroth.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Elaborate  embroidery  of  precious  language. 
  --Saintsbury. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Precious  \Pre"cious\,  a.  [OF.  precious,  precius,  precios,  F. 
  pr['e]cieux,  L.  pretiosus  fr  pretium  price,  worth,  value. 
  See  {Price}.] 
  1.  Of  great  price;  costly;  as  a  precious  stone.  ``The 
  precious  bane.''  --Milton. 
 
  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.  [Obs.] 
 
  Lest  that  precious  folk  be  with  me  wroth.  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Precious  metals},  the  uncommon  and  highly  valuable  metals, 
  esp.  gold  and  silver. 
 
  {Precious  stones},  gems;  jewels. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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  :  (intensifier)  extremely;  "there  is  precious  little  time 
  left"  [syn:  {preciously}] 




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