Ways to say EXPENSIVE

Hi English learners! Let’s improve your vocabulary with today’s lesson. We will be learning 10 other ways to say expensive. 

Here is the list of words and expressions you can use:

  • Dear
  • Pricey
  • Overpriced
  • Steep
  • Stiff
  • Posh
  • Cost a fortune
  • A rip-off
  • Can not afford
  • Cost an arm and a leg


Meaning: expensive.

  • Petrol prices are rising. They are so dear that we may consider selling our car.
  • Everything is so dear in this shop. Maybe we should go somewhere else.


 Meaning: expensive.

  • The restaurant is a bit pricey but the food is excellent.
  • Hybrid cars are pricier than regular ones because they cost more to build.


 Meaning: costing more than its real worth.

  • Things at the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul are totally overpriced. They are not worth half of their price.
  • We had dinner and a bottle of overpriced wine.


Meaning: very expensive.

  • Our holiday to Egypt wasn’t very expensive but the flight was a bit too steep.
  • I’m afraid we can’t afford to keep that big dog. It’s too steep for us.


 Meaning: too expensive.

  • There were some stiff chocolates and packets of tea at the tea shop.
  • We paid a ridiculously stiff price for a hotel room.


Meaning: expensive, typically used by rich people.

  • Brian took us to a very posh restaurant last night. Luckily we didn’t have to pay, he did.
  • Sofia lives in a posh neighbourhood. Everything is expensive there.

Cost a fortune

Meaning: very expensive.

  • It must have cost a fortune to renovate that old house.
  • Some designer clothes can cost a fortune.


Meaning: informal expression meaning extremely expensive.

  • 100 dollars for this jacket? It’s a rip-off!
  • Drinks in that restaurant are too expensive and the food is a rip-off.

Ways to say expensive

Can not afford

Meaning: not having enough money to pay for something.

  • Not all people can afford to pay top dollar for this course.
  • We’re not wealthy so we can not afford to buy designer clothes.

Cost an arm and a leg

Meaning: to be extremely expensive.

  • Fees at this college cost an arm and a leg. We’d better apply somewhere else.
  • A holiday in Hawaii can cost an arm and a leg.
Ways to say EXPENSIVE
Ways to say EXPENSIVE

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