Precocious definition

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Developed or matured to a point beyond that which is normal for the age.

A precocious child.

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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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(botany) Blossoming before the appearance of leaves.
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Manifesting or characterized by development, aptitude, or interests considered advanced for a given age.

A mathematically precocious child; a child with a precocious wit.

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Of or showing premature development.
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Showing unusually early development or maturity.
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The definition of precocious is a person who is more developed or more mature than expected for their age.

An example of precocious is a two year old being able to read.

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Exhibiting advanced skills at an abnormally early age.

The precocious child began reading the newspaper at age four.

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Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.
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Origin of precocious

  • From Latin praecox praecoc- premature from praecoquere to boil before, ripen early prae- pre- coquere to cook, ripen pekw- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin praecox (“premature, precocious, ripe before time, early ripe"), from praecoquere (“to ripen beforehand, ripen fully, also boil beforehand"), from prae (“before") + coquere (“to cook, boil").

    From Wiktionary