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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: praecox 'becoming ripe early', from coquere 'to cook, ripen'

precocious

adjective
     
pre‧co‧cious
a precocious child shows intelligence or skill at a very young age, or behaves in an adult way - sometimes used to show disapproval in British English:
a precocious child who walked and talked early
precociously adverb
precociousness also precocity noun [uncountable]

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