The adjective expensive means high in price, like the expensive basketball sneakers you had to work all summer to save up enough money to buy.

Expensive comes from the 1620s, when it meant "given to profuse expenditure." Back then, it was the people doing the buying who got called "expensive." Now it's the costly things they buy or take part in. For example, sailing is an expensive hobby. If someone tells you, "I have expensive taste," it means that person likes things that cost a lot of money, whether they are purchased or just admired from the shop window.

Definitions of expensive
  1. adjective
    high in price or charging high prices
    expensive clothes”
    “an expensive shop”
    big-ticket, high-ticket
    very expensive
    costly, dear, high-priced, pricey, pricy
    having a high price
    costly, dearly-won
    entailing great loss or sacrifice
    too costly for the value
    having great material or monetary value especially for use or exchange
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    cheap, inexpensive
    relatively low in price or charging low prices
    bargain-priced, cut-price, cut-rate
    costing less than standard price
    designed to sell quickly without concern for quality
    dirt cheap
    very cheap
    made on or suited to a limited budget
    affordable, low-cost, low-priced
    that you have the financial means for
    sixpenny, threepenny, tuppeny, two-a-penny, twopenny, twopenny-halfpenny
    of trifling worth
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