precocious

[p_ɹ_ɪ_k_ˈəʊ_ʃ_ə_s], [pɹɪkˈə͡ʊʃəs], [pɹɪkˈə‍ʊʃəs]

Antonyms for precocious:

cretinous, dim-witted, simple-minded, simple, inexperienced, adolescent, unripened, imbecilic, later, delinquent, unformed, callow, unfledged, belated, behind, half-witted, behindhand, imbecile, slow, overdue, raw, feebleminded, postponed, seasonable, anticipated, unripe, tardy, late, timely, juvenile, moronic, well-timed, slow-witted, Detained, backward, green, idiotic, delayed, puerile, latish, expected, opportune.


Definitions of precocious:

  1.   ( botany) appearing or developing early; " precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias" – Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2.   Precocity. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3.   characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity ( especially in mental aptitude); " a precocious child"; " a precocious achievement" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4.   appearing or developing early; " precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias" – Wordnet Dictionary DB
  5.   Precociously. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6.   Precociousness. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7.   Developing unusually early; forward. – The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8.   Ripe or mature before the proper or natural time; early or prematurely ripe or developed; as, precocious trees. – Newage Dictionary DB
  9.   Ripe before the natural time; forward in mental development; too forward. – The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10.   Having the mind developed very early: premature: forward. – The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11.   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.
  12.   Prematurely ripe; too forward. – The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13.   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; as, a precocious child; precocious talents. – Newage Dictionary DB
  14.   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. “ " Look," cried Lady Di, " there comes Mr. Fox, the precocious the irresistible. ” – Richard Carvel, Volume 5 by Winston Churchill
  3. She dwells with my father, and is an exceedingly sharp and precocious little girl. ” – The Big Otter by R.M. Ballantyne
  4. “ Isaac was early remarked as a very precocious child. ” – Isaac T. Hopper by L. Maria Child
  5. He was precocious in dissipation. ” – Penrod and Sam by Booth Tarkington
  6. Their early precocious wisdom had not vanished with the passing of childhood. ” – Lords of the Stratosphere by Arthur J. Burks
  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. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. The precocious youth was deeply immersed in a three- days'- old copy of The Times. ” – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  12. 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
  13. 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
  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. 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
  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. 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
  18. 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
  19. “ I do not deal with precocious infants. ” – Boy Scouts in Mexico; or On Guard with Uncle Sam by G. Harvey Ralphson

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