- 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 precociousness
Historical Examples of precociousness
There had been a sort of precociousness about the sweat-shop girl he remembered.Comrade Yetta
The story of his precociousness in artistic matters is certainly extraordinary.Engraving for Illustration
When Brian started school, he foresaw and avoided all trouble, and delighted his teachers with his precociousness.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
He neighboured sagacity when he pointed that interrogation relating to Nesta's precociousness of the intelligence.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
Poverty and necessity force this precociousness on the poor little brat.The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
- 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.