- occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement.
- mature or ripe before the proper time.
- a premature infant.
Origin of premature
Examples from the Web for premature
Premature buzz over Girls built into a mountain of hype that was unscalable for Dunham.HBO’s ‘Looking,’ Gays, and Sex: Are We All Expecting Too Much?
January 17, 2014
Premature infants in neonatal intensive care are at high risk for infection.Big Data’s Powerful Effect on Tiny Babies
September 18, 2013
Premature success might only make matters more difficult for him.Starman's Quest
Premature playing at passion had been sport with edged tools.Hopes and Fears
Charlotte M. Yonge
Premature burial is said to be very common, among the Moors.Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)
A Sexton of the Old School
Premature it possibly was, but none the less perfectly natural.William Lloyd Garrison
Archibald H. Grimke
Premature despair and the deepest discouragement have been my constant portion.Amiel's Journal
- occurring or existing before the normal or expected time
- impulsive or hastya premature judgment
- (of an infant) weighing less than 2500 g (5 1/2 lbs) and usually born before the end of the full period of gestation
Word Origin and History for premature
mid-15c., from Latin praematurus "early ripe" (as fruit), "too early, untimely," from prae "before" (see pre-) + maturus "ripe, timely" (see mature (v.)). Related: Prematurely; prematurity; prematuration. Premature ejaculation is attested from 1848; Latin euphemism ejaculatio praecox dates to 1891 in English but was used earlier in German and appears to have been, at first at least, the psychologist's term for it.
- Occurring or developing before the usual or expected time.
- Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time, especially, in human infants, after a period of less than 37 weeks.