- precocious:  Precocious means etymologically ‘pre-cooked’. It was borrowed from Latin praecox, a derivative of the verb praecoquere ‘cook in advance’, which was a compound formed from the prefix prae- ‘before’ and coquere ‘cook’ (a relative of English cook and kitchen). But coquere was also used metaphorically for ‘ripen’, and so praecox also meant ‘early-ripening’ – whence English precocious ‘developing before its time’. The apricot is etymologically the ‘precocious’ fruit.
=> apricot, cook, kiln, kitchen
- precocious (adj.)
- 1640s, "developed before the usual time" (of plants), with -ous + Latin praecox (genitive praecocis) "maturing early," from prae "before" (see pre-) + coquere "to ripen," literally "to cook" (see cook (n.)). Originally of flowers or fruits. Figurative use, of persons, dates from 1670s. Related: Precociously; precociousness.
- 1. From childhood, he was evidently at once rebellious and precocious.
- 2. Sue is a thoroughly precocious little madam if ever there was one.
- 3. a precocious child who started her acting career at the age of 5
- 4. She burst on to the world tennis scene as a precocious 14-year old.
- 5. Despite her precocious talent for music and art, she failed both subjects at school.
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