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

 

precious

 adverb
adverb
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 Origin Middle English: from Old French precios, from Latin pretiosus ‘of great value’, from pretium ‘price’.
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