- 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 precociously
Historical Examples of precociously
They will discover which girls are cold and indifferent, and which are precociously erotic.The Sexual Question
He had been from boyhood as precociously a man of the world as I was the opposite.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
The poorer maidens find their own at a precociously early age.The American Egypt
They have matured (have adapted to environment, that is) precociously.Feminism and Sex-Extinction
He nibbled at various books and was precociously brilliant in Latin.Against The Grain
- ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child
- botany (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early
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.
- Showing unusually early development or maturity.
- Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.