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precocious

Syllabification: pre·co·cious
Pronunciation: /prəˈkōSHəs
 
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Definition of precocious in English:

adjective

1(Of a child) having developed certain abilities or proclivities at an earlier age than usual: he was a precocious, solitary boy
More example sentences
  • The point is made early on that Daniel is an intellectually precocious child.
  • She was a precocious child, it would seem, and already demonstrating where her adult interests would come to lie.
  • There's still something of the precocious child about him.
Synonyms
advanced for one's age, forward, mature, gifted, talented, clever, intelligent, quick
informal smart
1.1(Of behavior or ability) indicative of early development: a precocious talent for computing
More example sentences
  • Outfield players, especially, must be nurtured almost full-time from the first inkling of any precocious ability.
  • His precocious ability recognised, he would go on to win the same scholarship held by Daniel Barenboim and Itzhak Perlman and to play at the Carnegie Hall.
  • Neil Tarrant, on loan from Aston Villa, has provided the impetus with his precocious ability to score important goals.
1.2(Of a plant) flowering or fruiting earlier than usual.
Example sentences
  • In cold-winter climates, prune precocious magnolias in summer after they've bloomed.
  • The vine is a precocious one, budding, flowering, and ripening early, which makes it prone to spring frosts but means that it can flourish in regions as cool as much of the Loire.
  • Callery pears are precocious, having a very short juvenile period, and flower as early as 3 years old.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin praecox, praecoc- (from praecoquere 'ripen fully', from prae 'before' + coquere 'to cook') + -ious.

Derivatives

precociously

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • But while his career path suggests a precociously mature musical sensibility, his debut solo album counters any such notion.
  • Elaine, a precociously bright child and a voracious reader, had been taken out of school and sent away to earn some money.
  • At the precociously early age of 12, he was a pupil at the Trustees' Academy.

precociousness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Hmm… while I can agree that the dialogue is weak (at times) and that the little boy's precociousness is unnecessary, I think the rest of the film was nearly flawless.
  • Her style has always been proof of her precociousness.
  • They provide hours of amusement with their lively chatter, playfulness, precociousness and curiosity.

precocity

3
Pronunciation: /priˈkäsətē/
noun
Example sentences
  • Three years later the boy's intellectual precocity was noticed, and a group of local businessmen clubbed together to send the youth to North America to study.
  • Olson suggests that precocity might correlate with ability to visualize, which leads into a considerable discussion of people who learn mathematics verbally as contrasted with those who learn it visually.
  • His intellectual precocity, and his dedication to work, which remained compulsive from boyhood onwards, are characteristic.

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