Pre*co"cious (?), a. [L. praecox,
-ocis, and praecoquus, fr. praecoquere to cook or
ripen beforehand; prae before + coquere to cook. See 3d
Cook, and cf. Apricot.] 1. Ripe or
mature before the proper or natural time; early or prematurely ripe or
developed; as, precocious trees. [R.] Sir T.
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.