precocious


pre·co·cious

adjective \pri-ˈkō-shəs\

of a child : having or showing the qualities or abilities of an adult at an unusually early age

Full Definition of PRECOCIOUS

1
:  exceptionally early in development or occurrence <precocious puberty>
2
:  exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age <a precocious child>
pre·co·cious·ly adverb
pre·co·cious·ness noun
pre·coc·i·ty \pri-ˈkä-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of PRECOCIOUS

  1. She was a precocious child who could read before she went to school.
  2. A precocious musician, he was giving concerts when he was seven.
  3. But what has paleontologists agog is this googol-granddaddy's precocious attributes: most notably the relative flatness of its face, which is more modern-looking than skulls half its age. —Fred Guterl, Newsweek, 22 July 2002

Origin of PRECOCIOUS

Latin praecoc-, praecox early ripening, precocious, from prae- + coquere to cook — more at cook
First Known Use: 1650

Other Biology Terms

autochthonous, fecund, homunculus, phylogeny, substrate

Rhymes with PRECOCIOUS

pre·co·cious

adjective \pri-ˈkō-shəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of PRECOCIOUS

1
: exceptionally early in development or occurrence <precocious puberty>
2
: exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age
pre·co·cious·ly adverb
pre·co·cious·ness noun

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