#WOTD: Precocious

The word we’re going to talk about in this post is ‘precocious’. Have you ever heard of it?

‘Precocious’ is an adjective used to describe an early mature in development, especially mental development. ‘Precocious’ comes from Latin word ‘praecox,’ which means ‘early ripening‘ or ‘premature.’

By 1650, English speakers turned the word ‘praecox‘ into ‘precocious’. It was used to describe plants that produced blossoms before their leaves came out.

By the 1670s, ‘precocious’ was also being used to describe humans who developed skills or talents before others typically did.

Here are some examples of it in a sentence:

  • A precocious child, she went to university at the age of 15.
  • A precocious musician, he was giving concerts when he was seven.

Here is another example from one of our fellas, @micah_adrian:

  • My cousin is a precocious girl. She thinks like an adult from such a young age and yes, she’s a very serious person.


Compiled and written by @AnienditaR at @EnglishTips4U on Saturday, August 21, 2016


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