expensive Synonymsexpensivecostly overpriced pricey dearThese words all describe something that costs a lot of money.expensive costing a lot of money; charging high prices:I can’t afford it—it’s just too expensive for me. an expensive restaurantcostly (rather formal) costing a lot of money, especially more than you want to pay:You want to avoid costly legal proceedings if you can.overpriced too expensive; costing more than it is worth:ridiculously overpriced designer clothespricey (informal) expensive:Houses in the village are now too pricey for local people to afford.dear [not usually before noun] (British English) expensive:Everything’s so dear now, isn’t it? This word is starting to become rather old-fashioned.Patterns expensive/costly/overpriced/pricey for somebody/something expensive/costly to do something very/too/fairly/quite/pretty expensive/costly/priceyExtra examples Eating out is a bit pricey. Houses in the village are now too pricey for local people to afford. The menu may seem pricey, but it’s actually good value for money.