- 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 precociously
They have matured (have adapted to environment, that is) precociously.Feminism and Sex-Extinction|Arabella Kenealy
"If Granny Simmons were here she'd say you had the fidgets," remarked Joan precociously.Rebecca's Promise|Frances R. Sterrett
He nibbled at various books and was precociously brilliant in Latin.Against The Grain|Joris-Karl Huysmans
They will discover which girls are cold and indifferent, and which are precociously erotic.The Sexual Question|August Forel
Looks often belie the true condition underneath, returned Polly, precociously.Polly's Southern Cruise|Lillian Elizabeth Roy
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.