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Adjective

precious (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
precious

Comparative
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Superlative
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  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.

Translations

Noun

Singular
precious

Plural
-

precious (-)
  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

Adverb

precious (not comparable)

Positive
precious

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

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

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