precocious

[p_ɹ_ɪ_k_ˈəʊ_ʃ_ə_s], [pɹɪkˈə͡ʊʃəs], [pɹɪkˈə‍ʊʃəs]

Definitions of precocious:

  1.   Precociously. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2.   Prematurely ripe; too forward. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  3.   Precociousness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4.   Having the mind developed very early: premature: forward. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5.   Ripe in understanding before the usual or proper time; having the mental powers developed at an early age; premature. – Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  6.   Ripe before the natural time; forward in mental development; too forward. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   Precociousness, precocity. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.

Quotes for precocious:

  1. I shall confess at the outset that it was only shortly after the beginning of this century that I entered active life- with a somewhat precocious capacity for involvement. – Rene Cassin
  2. I basically was a precocious little kid. – Michael Ironside
  3. The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies. – Lester B. Pearson
  4. What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero. – Pablo Picasso
  5. I was a precocious reader. – Norman Spinrad

Usage examples for precocious:

  1. 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
  2. She dwells with my father, and is an exceedingly sharp and precocious little girl. ” – The Big Otter by R.M. Ballantyne
  3. 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
  4. “ 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
  5. “ Isaac was early remarked as a very precocious child. ” – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. He was precocious in dissipation. ” – Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington
  9. 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
  10. 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

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