from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Manifesting or characterized by unusually early development or maturity, especially in mental aptitude.
- adj. Botany Blossoming before the appearance of leaves.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Characterized by exceptionally early development or maturity.
- adj. Exhibiting advanced skills at an abnormally early age.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Ripe or mature before the proper or natural time; early or prematurely ripe or developed.
- adj. Developed more than is natural or usual at a given age; exceeding what is to be expected of one's years; too forward; -- used especially of mental forwardness
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ripe before the natural time.
- Ripe in understanding at an early period; prematurely developed; forward: as, a precocious child; precocious faculties.
- Indicative of precocity; characteristic of early maturity; anticipative of greater age; premature.
- In botany, appearing before the leaves: said of flowers.
- In biology, present in an egg or embryo at a very early stage in an imperceptible condition; present before becoming manifest.
- Noting birds that, like chickens, are able to run about as soon as hatched; precocial. See Præcoces.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)
- adj. appearing or developing early
From Latin praecox, praecoc-, premature, from praecoquere, to boil before, ripen early : prae-, pre- + coquere, to cook, ripen; see pekw- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)