- flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit.
- bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants.
- appearing before leaves, as flowers.
Examples from the Web for precociousness
He neighboured sagacity when he pointed that interrogation relating to Nesta's precociousness of the intelligence.One of Our Conquerors, Complete|George Meredith
Poverty and necessity force this precociousness on the poor little brat.The Newcomes|William Makepeace Thackeray
He recalled an incident which happened when he was about eight years of age which led him to conceal his precociousness.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
There had been a sort of precociousness about the sweat-shop girl he remembered.Comrade Yetta|Albert Edwards
That it should be practicable thus to entrust one infant to another proves the precociousness of children.The Soul of the Far East|Percival Lowell
British Dictionary definitions for precociousness
Word Origin for precocious
Word Origin and History for precociousness
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.