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Definition early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
  • She was a precocious child who always pointed to logical flaws in her parents' rules.
precocious = having intelligence and behavior not usually seen in one so young
  • precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias
  • ...the most independent, precocious, rebellious teens are hardly likely to be the most susceptible to rational health advice.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • precocious = behaving in a manner considered more appropriate for someone who is older
  • They had been, so it seemed to him, proud and precocious words; with a smile, he remembered them.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • precocious = advanced for his age
  • She spoke as though she were talking to a precocious child.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • precocious = a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
  • professional educator who takes a special interest in extra-precocious children.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • precocious = showing early development in ability
  • Even these days, if someone asks her what I was like as a kid, she describes me as "alert, but not terribly precocious."
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • precocious = showing special ability or maturity at a young age
  • I judged, then, that the children of that time were extremely precocious, physically at least, and I found afterwards abundant verification of my opinion.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • precocious = developed early
  • Though he was precocious, though he was verbal to the point of annoyance at times, he was small for his age, more the size of a six- or seven-year-old than a ten-year-old.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Last Song
  • precocious = showing early development in ability or maturity
  • Allan took much pride in the captivating, precocious lad.
    Poe, Edgar Allan  --  An Appreciation
  • An act of so much precipitancy and presumption would seal the downfall of precocious intellect forever.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Last of The Mohicans
  • I heard her lady-mother's character afterwards, and then I ceased to wonder at the precocious accomplishments of the daughter.
    Bronte, Charlotte  --  The Professor
  • I had never had a real boyhood, and in this, my precocious manhood, I was very hard and woefully wise.
    London, Jack  --  John Barleycorn
  • He knelt and held out a finger, and the girl wrapped a hand around it and tugged with precocious strength.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Inheritance
  • I think you're a pathetic alcoholic who says fancy things to get attention like a really precocious eleven-year-old and I feel super bad for you.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • The infancies abound in anecdotes of precocious strength, cleverness, and wisdom.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • An act of so much precipitancy and presumption would seal the downfall of precocious intellect forever.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Judging from the number of scratches on the stock, the precocious Dallas teenager suspects that the weapon is army surplus.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Kennedy
  • She was clad in pale blue rayon panties; her precocious eleven-year-old breasts bulged in a bra of the same washed-out shade.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • It was terribly precocious of his player, but: for some reason Cesar retreated and allowed the two to huddle alone.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game

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