- flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
- bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
- appearing before leaves, as flowers.
- precocious puberty,
- precollagenous fiber
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|Kevin Fallon|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Heightening his angst, Warren pines for precocious Jessica (Gevinson).Michael Cera Brings ‘This Is Our Youth’ to Broadway After 18 Years|Tom Teodorczuk|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Alex Suskind|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Tracy McNicoll|August 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In fact, he was so precocious and said such droll things as greatly to amuse the king and those around him.Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)|Charles Morris
In her, as in her own Midi of that age, culture and corruption were precocious.How France Built Her Cathedrals|Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
"Oh yes, I know," said Miss Barrons with an appreciative glance at his precocious brow.Skippy Bedelle|Owen Johnson
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.The Secret Service.|Albert D. Richardson
Word Origin 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.