precious ADJECTIVE 1) having great value. 2) greatly loved or treasured. 3) ironic considerable: a precious lot you know! 4) derogatory affectedly concerned with elegant or refined language or manners.
precious little (or few) — Cf. ↑precious little
DERIVATIVES preciously adverb preciousness noun.
ORIGIN Latin pretiosus, from pretium 'price' .

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