- unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development: a precocious child.
- prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
- of or relating to premature development.
- flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
- bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
- appearing before leaves, as flowers.
Origin of precocious
Examples from the Web for precocious
The children are precocious and cute and the whole thing is freaking adorable.The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
Do you like him frozen in time as a precocious boy genius doctor with a ridiculous name?Choose Your Own Neil Patrick Harris: The Star on ‘Doogie,’ ‘Gone Girl,’ Gay Sex and More
October 10, 2014
Heightening his angst, Warren pines for precocious Jessica (Gevinson).Michael Cera Brings ‘This Is Our Youth’ to Broadway After 18 Years
September 12, 2014
The budding relationship between the ornery sexagenarian and the precocious young child ultimately gives the film its momentum.Meet Vincent McKenna, Your New Favorite Bill Murray Character
September 6, 2014
Precocious even in his private life, Macron does not have children of his own but, at 36, he is a grandfather.This Scary-Smart New Minister of Economy Might Just Turn France Around
August 31, 2014
As for that precocious damsel, she would run no least risk of destruction by the satyr.Within the Law
Many of our greatest divines have been anything but precocious.Self-Help
Her mother tried to frighten her; but the child was too precocious.L'Assommoir
Of precocious nature, she endured her martyrdom with extraordinary fortitude.The Fortune of the Rougons
Henry was still in bed, but awake and reading Smiles with precocious gusto.A Great Man
- ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
- botany (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early
Word Origin and History for precocious
1640s, "developed before the usual time" (of plants), with -ous + Latin praecox (genitive praecocis) "maturing early," from prae "before" (see pre-) + coquere "to ripen," literally "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Originally of flowers or fruits. Figurative use, of persons, dates from 1670s. Related: Precociously; precociousness.
- Showing unusually early development or maturity.
- Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.