(comparative more preciously, superlative most preciously)
- In a precious manner.
precious + -ly
Variant of precious
- of great price or value; costly
- of great desirability; held in high esteem: precious rights
- beloved; dear
- very fastidious, overrefined, or affected, as in behavior, language, etc.
- very great: a precious liar
Origin of preciousMiddle English ; from Old French precios ; from Classical Latin pretiosus ; from pretium, price