AskDefine | Define costly

Dictionary Definition

costly adj
1 entailing great loss or sacrifice; "a dearly-won victory" [syn: dearly-won]
2 having a high price; "costly jewelry"; "high-priced merchandise"; "much too dear for my pocketbook"; "a pricey restaurant" [syn: dear(p), high-priced, pricey, pricy] [also: costliest, costlier]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Of high cost; expensive.
    a costly activity
    a costly error
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