Definition of precious adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpreʃəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpreʃəs//
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(informal) precious little/few used to emphasize the fact that there is very little of something or that there are very few of something There's precious little to do in this town. Precious few people can afford those prices. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiosus ‘of great value’, from pretium ‘price’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: precious