1640–50; Latin praecoci-, stem of praecox (see precocity) + -ous (Source: dictionary.com)
Mid 17th century from Latin praecox, praecoc- (from praecoquere ‘ripen fully’, from prae ‘before’ + coquere ‘to cook’) + -ious. (Source: lexico.com)
Definitions of Precocious
- unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development:
- prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
- of or relating to premature development.
- Botany. flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit. bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants. appearing before leaves, as flowers.
- ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
- botany (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early
- Showing unusually early development or maturity.
- (of a child) having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than is usual or expected.
- : exceptionally early in development or occurrence precocious puberty
- : exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age a precocious child
Example sentences for Precocious
- The children are precocious and cute and the whole thing is freaking adorable.
- Do you like him frozen in time as a precocious boy genius doctor with a ridiculous name?
- Heightening his angst, Warren pines for precocious Jessica (Gevinson).
- The budding relationship between the ornery sexagenarian and the precocious young child ultimately gives the film its momentum.
- Precocious even in his private life, Macron does not have children of his own but, at 36, he is a grandfather.
- In fact, he was so precocious and said such droll things as greatly to amuse the king and those around him.
- In her, as in her own Midi of that age, culture and corruption were precocious.
- "Oh yes, I know," said Miss Barrons with an appreciative glance at his precocious brow.
- Sophie von Khn seems, like Auguste Bhmer, to have been a most precocious child.
- And the precocious boy, who offers a bit of slate from under the Cataract for two shillings, cautions you to beware of them all.
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