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precocious

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adjective pre·co·cious \pri-ˈkō-shəs\

Simple Definition of precocious

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

Full Definition of precocious

  1. 1 :  exceptionally early in development or occurrence <precocious puberty>

  2. 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 play \pri-ˈkä-sə-tē\ noun

Examples of precocious

  1. 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

  2. As a boy, I had caught eight-inch-long, juvenile “snapper” blues in Barnegat Bay and marveled at the uncommon strength and speed and the precocious attack instinct within their slender, silver bodies. —Pete Bodo, New York Times, 8 July 2001

  3. … Columbus was still sailing the ocean blue and American English, frisky and rambunctious as a precocious child, was as yet unborn. —Sarah Lyall, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2000

  4. … no longer certain that my blackness gave me precocious wisdom, or that I could outslick these folks … —Lorene Cary, Black Ice, 1991

  5. She was a precocious child who could read before she went to school.

  6. A precocious musician, he was giving concerts when he was seven.



Origin of precocious

Latin praecoc-, praecox early ripening, precocious, from prae- + coquere to cook — more at cook


First Known Use: 1650

Rhymes with precocious


PRECOCIOUS Defined for Kids

precocious

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adjective pre·co·cious \pri-ˈkō-shəs\

Definition of precocious

  1. :  showing qualities or abilities of an adult at an unusually early age

pre·co·cious·ly adverb <precociously talented>



Medical Dictionary

precocious

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adjective pre·co·cious \pri-ˈkō-shəs\

Medical Definition of precocious

  1. 1:  exceptionally early in development or occurrence <precocious puberty>

  2. 2:  exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually early age

  3. pre·co·cious·ly adverb
    pre·co·cious·ness noun





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