Precocious Definition

Manifesting or characterized by development, aptitude, or interests considered advanced for a given age.
A mathematically precocious child; a child with a precocious wit.
American Heritage
Developed or matured to a point beyond that which is normal for the age.
A precocious child.
Webster's New World
Blossoming before the appearance of leaves.
American Heritage
Of or showing premature development.
Webster's New World

Origin of Precocious

  • 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

  • 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

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