Adjective "precocious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a child) having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than is usual or expected.
  1. 'She was a precocious child, it would seem, and already demonstrating where her adult interests would come to lie.'
  2. 'The point is made early on that Daniel is an intellectually precocious child.'
  3. 'There's still something of the precocious child about him.'
  4. 'As a boy, Freud was intellectually precocious and an extremely hard worker.'
  5. 'a precocious talent for computing'
  6. 'The 27-year-old grew up in bleak times for Scottish sport, when there was neither the political will nor the financial support to nurture precocious talent.'
  7. 'His talent was as precocious as his future partner's, and back in America he would perform at children's parties and at his father's academic gatherings.'
  8. 'Olivier Messiaen was born in Avignon, France in 1908 into a highly scholarly family and showed precocious musical talent.'
  9. 'Of the two latest biographers, it is Nicholas Roe, a professor of English at St Andrews University, who writes most expansively about the poet's ancestry and precocious development as a poet.'
  10. 'He seems to have been aware of this from adolescence: certainly from the time when, in his early twenties, he lived and worked in Rome under the patronage of a bevy of cardinals who admired his precocious talents.'
  11. 'Professor Frerichs recognized the precocious talent of this newcomer and encouraged Ehrlich's pursuit of histology and chemistry.'
  12. 'Any display of precocious talent - or even average ability - mysteriously finds its way into every conversation.'
  13. 'Callery pears are precocious, having a very short juvenile period, and flower as early as 3 years old.'
  14. '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.'


1. unusually advanced or mature in development, especially mental development: a precocious child.

2. prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc.

3. of or relating to premature development.

4. Botany. flowering, fruiting, or ripening early, as plants or fruit. bearing blossoms before leaves, as plants. appearing before leaves, as flowers.

More examples(as adjective)

"crops can be precocious."

"people can be precocious."

"talents can be precocious."

"children can be precocious."

"teenagers can be precocious."

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