EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective 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. . Botany flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit. bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants. appearing before leaves, as flowers. Origin of precocious 1640–50; Latin praecoci-,
-ous Related forms 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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Examples from the Web for precociously Historical Examples of precociously
They will discover which girls are cold and indifferent, and which are
He had been from boyhood as
precociously a man of the world as I was the opposite.
The poorer maidens find their own at a
precociously early age.
They have matured (have adapted to environment, that is)
He nibbled at various books and was
precociously brilliant in Latin. British Dictionary definitions for precociously adjective ahead in development, such as the mental development of a child botany (of plants, fruit, etc) flowering or ripening early Derived Forms precociously, adverb precociousness or precocity ( prɪˈkɒsɪtɪ), noun Word Origin for precocious
C17: from Latin
praecox early maturing, from prae early + coquere to ripen
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Word Origin and History for precociously adj.
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.
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adj. Showing unusually early development or maturity. Related forms pre•coc ( ′ity -kŏs) null ′ĭ-tē n.
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Relating to or having flowers that blossom before the leaves emerge. Some species of magnolias are precocious.
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