Precocious

  • 1 Precocious — Pre*co cious, a. [L. praecox, ocis, and praecoquus, fr. praecoquere to cook or ripen beforehand; prae before + coquere to cook. See 3d {Cook}, and cf. {Apricot}.] 1. Ripe or mature before the proper or natural time; early or prematurely ripe or… …

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  • 2 precocious — [prē kō′shəs, prikō′shəs] adj. [< L praecox < praecoquere, to boil beforehand < prae , before (see PRE ) + coquere, to mature, COOK] 1. developed or matured to a point beyond that which is normal for the age [a precocious child] 2. of or …

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  • 3 precocious — (adj.) 1640s, developed before the usual time, from L. praecox (gen. praecocis) maturing early, from prae before (see PRE (Cf. pre )) + coquere to ripen, lit. to cook (see COOK (Cf. cook) (n.)). Originally of flowers or fruits. Figurative use, of …

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  • 4 precocious — untimely, forward, *premature, advanced Analogous words: immature, unmatured, unripe Antonyms: backward …

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  • 5 precocious — [adj] exceptionally smart, ahead of age in understanding advanced, aggressive, ahead of time*, beforehand, bold, brassy*, bright, cheeky*, cocky*, developed, early, flip*, flippant, forward, fresh, intelligent, mature, nervy, premature,… …

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  • 6 precocious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than usual. DERIVATIVES precociously adverb precociousness noun precocity noun. ORIGIN from Latin praecox, from praecoquere ripen fully …

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  • 7 Precocious — Unusually early development, whether it be of intellectual powers, speech, physical traits, etc. Precocious puberty is the unusually early development of secondary sexual features. The onset of sexual maturation in a girl before age 8 or a boy… …

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  • 8 precocious — [[t]prɪko͟ʊʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A precocious child is very clever, mature, or good at something, often in a way that you usually only expect to find in an adult. Margaret was always a precocious child... She burst on to the world tennis …

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  • 9 precocious — adjective Etymology: Latin praecoc , praecox early ripening, precocious, from prae + coquere to cook more at cook Date: 1650 1. exceptionally early in development or occurrence < precocious puberty > 2. exhibiting mature qualities at an unusually …

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  • 10 precocious — [17] Precocious means etymologically ‘pre cooked’. It was borrowed from Latin praecox, a derivative of the verb praecoquere ‘cook in advance’, which was a compound formed from the prefix prae ‘before’ and coquere ‘cook’ (a relative of English… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 11 precocious — [17] Precocious means etymologically ‘pre cooked’. It was borrowed from Latin praecox, a derivative of the verb praecoquere ‘cook in advance’, which was a compound formed from the prefix prae ‘before’ and coquere ‘cook’ (a relative of English… …

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  • 12 precocious — adjective /prəˈkəʊʃəs/ a) Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity. Both groups, also, have already evolved precocious (intracapsular) spore germination. b) Exhibiting advanced skills at an abnormally early age. The precocious …

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  • 13 precocious — pre|co|cious [prıˈkəuʃəs US ˈkou ] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: praecox becoming ripe early , from coquere to cook, ripen ] a precocious child shows intelligence or skill at a very young age, or behaves in an adult way sometimes used to …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 precocious — adjective often spoken a precocious child behaves more like an adult than a child, for example by asking difficult and intelligent questions: At school he revealed precocious talents a painter and writer. precociously adverb precociousness also… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 precocious — precociously, adv. precociousness, n. /pri koh sheuhs/, adj. 1. unusually advanced or mature in development, esp. mental development: a precocious child. 2. prematurely developed, as the mind, faculties, etc. 3. of or pertaining to premature… …

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  • 16 precocious — adj. Precocious is used with these nouns: ↑child, ↑talent …

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  • 17 precocious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. advanced, overforward, premature. See earliness. Ant., backward, slow. II (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. gifted, bright, advanced, developed, forward, presumptuous; see also intelligent 1 , mature 1 . III …

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  • 18 precocious — pre|co|cious [ prı kouʃəs ] adjective a precocious child is more intelligent or behaves in a more developed way than you would expect for their age ╾ pre|co|cious|ly adverb ╾ pre|co|cious|ness noun uncount ╾ pre|coc|i|ty [ prı kasəti ] noun… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 precocious — adjective some of the boys were extremely precocious Syn: advanced for one s age, forward, mature, gifted, talented, clever, intelligent, quick; informal smart Ant: backward …

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  • 20 precocious — UK [prɪˈkəʊʃəs] / US [prɪˈkoʊʃəs] adjective a precocious child is more intelligent or behaves in a more developed way than you would expect for their age Derived words: precociously adverb precociousness noun uncountable precocity UK [prɪˈkɒsətɪ] …

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