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

adj 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
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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