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Definition of Precocious


  1. Ripe or mature before the proper or natural time; early or prematurely ripe or developed; as, precocious trees.
  2. 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.

Precocious Quotations

The grim fact is that we prepare for war like precocious giants, and for peace like retarded pygmies.
Lester B. Pearson

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

I basically was a precocious little kid.
Michael Ironside

As a precocious teen I dreamed of being Graham Greene. Well, as it turned out, I never wrote a great novel, sadly, and I never converted to Catholicism, happily, but I did do one thing he did. That is, in middle age I moved to a seaside town and got into a right barney with the local powers-that-be.
Julie Burchill

In writing lyrics - well, for me, anyway - it's about getting into character, you know? 'Who is writing this?' In the case of the original 'Thick As A Brick,' supposedly a precocious, very young child who's fantasizing about his future and the context of all the confusing elements to which school boys are subjected at that time.
Ian Anderson
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Precocious Translations

precocious in Spanish is tempranal, precoz, tempranero
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