One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘precious works of art’
valuable, costly, expensive, high-priced, dear
invaluable, priceless, beyond price, of incalculable value, of incalculable worth
rare, choice, fine, exquisite, irreplaceable, inestimable
2‘the photograph album was her most precious possession’
valued, cherished, treasured, prized, favourite, dear, dearest, beloved, darling, adored, loved, special, esteemed, worth its weight in gold, revered, venerated, hallowed
3‘his exaggerated, precious manners’
affected, over-refined, artificial, studied, pretentious, chichi, flowery, mannered, contrived, effete
informal twee, la-di-da, fancy-pants
British informal poncey
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