Usage examples for precocious

  1. Riding beside the Marquess, who swore under his breath at the ravages of the undyked stream and the sight of good arable land run wild and choked with underbrush, the little boy obtained a precocious insight into the evils of a system which had long outlived its purpose, and the idea of feudalism was ever afterward embodied for him in his glimpse of the peasants of Valdu looking up sullenly from their work as their suzerain and protector thrust an unfamiliar painted smile between the curtains of his litter. – The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton
  2. He was a precocious child, and early developed a love for nature, which his parents encouraged in every way they could. – American Men of Mind by Burton E. Stevenson
  3. Their early precocious wisdom had not vanished with the passing of childhood. – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  4. " Look," cried Lady Di, " there comes Mr. Fox, the precocious, the irresistible. – Richard Carvel, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill
  5. Precocious as was his gift for expression, and versatile and brilliant as had been his productiveness in the 1848 era, he was true to his Anglo- Saxon stock in being more effective at seventy than he had been at thirty. – Modern American Prose Selections by Various
  6. I do not deal with precocious infants. – Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam by G. Harvey Ralphson
  7. These individuals, reaching adult size some three to four years sooner than the average age, were precocious also in the earlier stages of postnatal development. –  by
  8. And what the child thinks and feels is a reflection of the hopes, desires, and purposes of the parents who brought him overseas, no matter how precocious and independent the child may be. – The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  9. Among the hearers was Prince Esterhazy, who was so pleased with the precocious talent shown that he put a purse of fifty ducats in the young musician's hand. – Great Violinists And Pianists by George T. Ferris
  10. She dwells with my father, and is an exceedingly sharp and precocious little girl. – The Big Otter by R.M. Ballantyne
  11. Isaac was early remarked as a very precocious child. – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  12. But a precocious experience of life had taught her that emotions too strong for the nature containing them turn, by some law of spiritual chemistry, into a rankling poison; and she had therefore resigned herself to serving as a kind of outlet for Bessy's pent- up discontent. – The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
  13. He was taken away from that school and sent where there was a lower class of boys, whose leader he soon became, but in his studies he was far from precocious, though not dull. – Plays: The Father; Countess Julie; The Outlaw; The Stronger by August Strindberg
  14. I cannot forget, that, while Slavery was waging war against our nation, the working- men of Belgium in public meeting protested against that precocious Proclamation of Belligerent Rights by which the British Government gave such impulse to the Rebellion; and now, in the same spirit, and for the sake of true peace, they declare themselves against that War System by which the peace of nations is placed in such constant jeopardy. – The Duel Between France and Germany by Charles Sumner
  15. He appeared to be a handsome, well- built lad of fifteen or so, big for his age, and precocious. – Lore of Proserpine by Maurice Hewlett
  16. One night, however, Tommy, being precocious and, as we discovered afterwards, keen on seeing life, took advantage of parental absence to clamber to the entrance of the nursery and, losing his balance, toppled over into the garden. – Concerning Animals and Other Matters by E.H. Aitken, (AKA Edward Hamilton)
  17. She was an astonishingly precocious child, and many persons who watched her shook their heads and predicted that her talent had ripened too early, and that, as is the case with many promising stage children, she would never amount to anything. – Famous Prima Donnas by Lewis Clinton Strang
  18. The precocious youth was deeply immersed in a three- days'- old copy of The Times. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne