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General words for expensive - thesaurus

Synonyms

expensive

adjective

something that is expensive costs a lot of money

costly

adjective

formal used about something that is expensive but of very good quality

exclusive

adjective

very expensive, and therefore available only to people who have a lot of money

select

adjective

very good or expensive

luxurious

adjective

very expensive and comfortable

extravagant

adjective

spending or costing a lot of money, especially more than is reasonable

sumptuous

adjective

impressive, expensive, and of high quality

pricey

adjective

informal expensive

costly

adjective

formal costing a lot of money

high-class

adjective

very good in quality and very expensive

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an arm and a leg

if something costs an arm and a leg, it is very expensive

astronomical

adjective

informal an astronomical amount, price, or charge is one that is extremely high and much higher than you would expect

at/for a price

for a lot of money

big-ticket

adjective

informal expensive

costly

adjective

formal used about something that costs more money than you want to pay

daylight robbery

noun

Britishspoken used for saying that you think something is much too expensive

dear

adjective

expensive

dearest

adjective

most expensive

deluxe

adjective

used about things that are better in quality and more expensive than other things of the same type

executive

adjective

designed for rich or important people

exorbitant

adjective

an exorbitant price or amount of money is much more than is reasonable

extortionate

adjective

if a price or request for money is extortionate it is much higher than is reasonable

flash

adjective

informal expensive and new in a way that is intended to impress people

get your chequebook out

used for saying that someone will have to pay a lot for something

good

adjective

expensive, or used by people with a high position in society

high-end

adjective

high-end goods and services are more expensive and more advanced than other similar goods and services

highway robbery

noun

Americanspoken daylight robbery

lordly

adjective

formal very impressive because of being very expensive, rare etc

luxury

adjective

very expensive and of the highest quality

multimillion

adjective

costing, needing, or worth many millions of pounds, dollars, etc

opulent

adjective

formal something that is opulent is very impressive because it contains the best and most expensive things

out of sight

informal if the price of something is out of sight, it is very high

overpriced

adjective

worth less than the price that is being charged

over the odds

more than the usual or expected price

plush

adjective

expensive, comfortable, and attractive

poncey

another spelling of poncy

poncy

adjective

Britishvery informal expensive, or high quality

posh

adjective

informal something that is posh looks expensive and attractive

premium

adjective

more expensive or of higher quality than other similar things

pricy

another spelling of pricey

prohibitive

adjective

a prohibitive cost or price prevents people from buying something because it is too expensive

rich

adjective

beautiful, expensive, and of very high quality

richly

adverb

in a beautiful and expensive way

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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