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English definition of “precious”

precious

adjective (NOT NATURAL)    /ˈpreʃ.əs/ mainly UK disapproving
behaving in a very formal and unnatural way by giving too much attention to details that are not important and trying too hard to be perfect : He's so precious about his work that he never gets anything done. Don't you hate the precious way she speaks , pronouncing each single consonant so precisely .Affected and insincere preciousness     /-nəs/ noun [U]
(Definition of precious adjective (NOT NATURAL) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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