Word of the Day: Precious

pre-cious / ˈpre-shəs




  1. highly priced or valued

Wisdom is more precious than rubies.

Proverbs 3:15, The Holy Bible


  1. deeply cherished; special

There comes a precious moment in all of our lives when we are tapped on the shoulder and offered the opportunity to do something very special that is unique to us and our abilities, what a tragedy it would be if we are not ready or willing.

Winston Churchill, 1874-1965


  1. affectedly refined

Tom Lowery didn’t like little Mr. Poe of the soft voice and precious manners and actin’ like a bloody aristocrat and him all in shabby clothes, too.

from ‘Poe Must Die’ by Marc Olden, 1933-2003


  1. dearly held

One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, 1906-1945


  1. utter; flagrant

She’ll take your money

She’ll give you honey

She’s got an appetite for precious fools.

from ‘Eye of the Hurricane’ by Masi, ?-




  1. something or someone beloved

Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.

from ‘My Antonia’ by Willa Cather, 1873-1947




  1. very

There’s precious little comes of telling people what they don’t want to hear.

Martha Ostenso, 1900-1963