pric·​ey | \ ˈprī-sē How to pronounce pricey (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pricy
pricier; priciest

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Examples of pricey in a Sentence

The car is a little pricey. a small boutique selling pricey women's clothing
Recent Examples on the Web Tickets are invite-only and very pricey for businesses. Hadas Gold, CNN, "Trump vs. Thunberg: The climate crisis could dominate Davos," 19 Jan. 2020 Tickets to the college football’s national championship game are pricey on the secondary market. oregonlive, "More on the polarizing Mike Leach; why is college football attendance declining? Issues & Answers," 11 Jan. 2020 This sloth rings in at $29, which is a bit pricey for a standard heating and cooling pad. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "This Adorable Sloth Heating Pad Takes the Pain Away," 18 Dec. 2019 The rent and demand numbers mean a one-month rent equivalent for security deposit will soon become too pricey for residents, according to Cranley and other city officials. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "One U.S. city might do away with apartment security deposits," 5 Dec. 2019 Electrical heaters are too pricey for most, and power outages are frequent. Washington Post, "Air pollution in Afghan capital is deadlier than war," 13 Nov. 2019 However, a seat at a Game 1 can often be an almost as pricey for what is often a red carpet affair. Peter Dawson, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrities to watch for at World Series games between Astros, Nationals," 22 Oct. 2019 Retail stocks also still look pricey for some investors. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Earnings Season to Offer Next Test for Retail Stocks," 15 Feb. 2019 Fellow Minneapolis-area retailer Target (tgt, -0.37%) got a similar reaction earlier this week when its results suggested its investments to beef up e-commerce, while working, were proving to be a bit pricey for investors’ tastes. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "Best Buy Is Showing How Retailers Can Keep Amazon At Bay," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of pricey

1932, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jan 2020

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“Pricey.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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