- occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement.
- mature or ripe before the proper time.
- a premature infant.
Origin of premature
Examples from the Web for prematurely
Contemporary Examples of prematurely
Prematurely retired in early 1940, Hobart was brought back at the personal insistence of Churchill.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
Historical Examples of prematurely
Prematurely induced by intemperance of knowledge the old age of the world drew on.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
In early summer occurs the Festival of the Prematurely Ripened.
Prematurely worn out, he died at Cowes on the 28th of July, 1840.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2)
William Henry Atherton
Prematurely gray with fine clear complexion, either pale or roseate, together with blue eyes, is a magnificent type.Social Life
Maud C. Cooke
- occurring or existing before the normal or expected time
- impulsive or hastya premature judgment
- (of an infant) weighing less than 2500 g (5 1/2 lbs) and usually born before the end of the full period of gestation
Word Origin for premature
mid-15c., from Latin praematurus "early ripe" (as fruit), "too early, untimely," from prae "before" (see pre-) + maturus "ripe, timely" (see mature (v.)). Related: Prematurely; prematurity; prematuration. Premature ejaculation is attested from 1848; Latin euphemism ejaculatio praecox dates to 1891 in English but was used earlier in German and appears to have been, at first at least, the psychologist's term for it.
- Occurring or developing before the usual or expected time.
- Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time, especially, in human infants, after a period of less than 37 weeks.