Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In a costly manner; at a great price or expense.
- Valuably; in a manner productive of worth; to good purpose.
- Very much; exceedingly; extremely.
- Fastidiously; scrupulously; with extreme care in matters of detail.
- adv. In a precious manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adv. In a precious manner; expensively; extremely; dearly. Also used ironically.
- adv. extremely.
- precious + -ly (Wiktionary)
“Most of those guys that tinker with their so-called preciously cool "Harley" really need to understand that the size of their wanker really shouldn't matter.”
“Mr. Sclavunos says wryly: "It's not like we were preciously examining every facet of our diamond.”
“They are kind of cool though I'll admit…pretty types with perfect angles and poise and judicial daddies and shade tree homes, holding their books preciously against their tight bodies as if they're into academics or something.”
“With me, Craig knew that I held on to everything too preciously, it was hard for me to let go and be in the moment.”
“Their only concern is your parent's hard earned cash, and the rowdiness you exhibit as you leave in visible pain and pride with your tattoo preciously covered in clear plastic bandages.”
“Climate scientists say that the time left to flatten the rate of carbon emissions and begin to turn it around is preciously short.”
“The franchise re-imagines the classic Chinese historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sangokushi) as a “moe (fiery), moe (preciously cute) action love comedy” with an almost all-female cast.”
“The adult adventure game franchise and its anime adaptations re-imagine the characters from the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms as “moe (fiery), moe (preciously cute) action love comedy” with an almost all-female cast. (from: ANN)”
“As Luck would have it, the piece, the crown jewel of my show, was preciously framed and completed on time.”
“When a shipment of Lola tomatoes that he tasted a few weeks earlier finally comes in—the fruit elongated like a jalapeño and packed preciously in straw—he opens the box with the joy of a child at Christmas.”
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