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precocious

[ pri-koh-shuhs ]

adjective

  1. unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development:

    a precocious child.

  2. prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.
  3. of or relating to premature development.
  4. Botany.
    1. flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
    2. bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
    3. appearing before leaves, as flowers.


precocious

/ prɪˈkɒsɪtɪ; prɪˈkəʊʃəs /

adjective

  1. ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
  2. botany (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early


precocious

/ prĭ-kōshəs /

  1. Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.


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Derived Forms

  • preˈcociously, adverb
  • preˈcociousness, noun

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Other Words From

  • pre·cocious·ly adverb
  • pre·cocious·ness noun
  • unpre·cocious adjective
  • unpre·cocious·ly adverb
  • unpre·cocious·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of precocious1

1640–50; Latin praecoci-, stem of praecox ( precocity ) + -ous

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Word History and Origins

Origin of precocious1

C17: from Latin praecox early maturing, from prae early + coquere to ripen

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Example Sentences

They have been used for decades to treat children who start showing signs of puberty before age 8 or 9, a condition known as precocious puberty.

From an early age, she was held to high academic standards and proved a precocious scholar.

Here is the one about the precocious tyke who convinced her family to take a chance on a deaf puppy.

Rashida Adkins was drawn to journalism as a precocious pre-teen.

Not only are puberty blockers reversible, but their original use included assisting cisgender children who were undergoing precocious puberty.

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?

The series begins with a voiceover from a 9-year-old boy named Charlie (Griffin Gluck), basically a more precocious Meredith Grey.

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.

Thus died the greatest statesman of the eighteenth century, and the most precocious in our annals.

These childish verses prove a precocious desire for expression, before the right medium had been discovered.

Exemplary punishment is to be visited upon me for "precocious godlessness, dangerous tendencies, and insubordination."

In crossing to Niagara, we had a specimen of the precocious colonist of 1845.

She was very precocious, a thorough student, and would allow nothing to divert her from her studies.

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