An example of precious is priceless jewelry.
An example of precious is your spouse.
Precious moments with the new baby.
A friend who is precious to me.
A precious liar.
A precious mess.
He spent hours painting the eyes of the portrait, which his fellow artists regarded as a bit precious.
There is precious little we can do.
Origin of precious
- Middle English from Old French precios from Latin pretiōsus from pretium price per-5 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition