precocious

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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).

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precocious (comparative more precocious, superlative most precocious)

  1. Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 5
      Both groups, also, have already evolved precocious (intracapsular) spore germination.
  2. Exhibiting advanced skills at an abnormally early age.
    The precocious child began reading the newspaper at age four.

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  • 1964, Sherman Brothers, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”, Mary Poppins, Walt Disney
    Mary: Even though the sound of it is something quite atrocious / If you say it loud enough you'll always sound precocious

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