What does costly mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term costly:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dearly-won, costly(adj)

    entailing great loss or sacrifice

    "a dearly-won victory"

  2. costly, dear(p), high-priced, pricey, pricy(adj)

    having a high price

    "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant"


  1. costly(Adjective)

    Of high cost; expensive.

  2. Origin: Composition:

Webster Dictionary

  1. Costly(adj)

    of great cost; expensive; dear

  2. Costly(adj)

    gorgeous; sumptuous

  3. Origin: [From Cost expense.]

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'costly' in Adjectives Frequency: #935


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of costly in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of costly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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