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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, ripen”).
- Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.
- The precocious plant was already blooming flowers by day 4.
- 2014 November 14, Stephen Halliday, “Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero”, in The Scotsman:
- Scotland’s most encouraging early source of an attacking threat was Andrew Robertson as the precocious left-back charged forward to good effect on a couple of occasions.
- Exhibiting advanced skills and aptitudes at an abnormally early age.
- The precocious child began reading the newspaper at age four.
- 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.
characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity
exhibiting advanced skills at an abnormally early age