“Precocious” is The Weekly Word – let’s see what interesting uses we can make of our wonderful language

Welcome to this weeks Weekly Word. It’s a little on the late side today because we have a bank holiday here in the UK and I have had a lovely long lie-in and lazy morning.

The aim of the exercise is to see what readers and authors can come up with in the way of an unusual, imaginative or correct usage of the weekly word in a single sentence or a paragraph.

The purpose of these posts is to expand the language that we, as writers, use in our prose and poetry, and to find more descriptive ways to enhance our writing and make it more meaningful. You can find earlier Weekly Words here: womanontheedgeofreality.com/tag/weekly-word/

This weeks word is PRECOCIOUS, it is an adjective pronounced ‘pre-coh-shus’

It means to have developed skills or abilities at an exceptionally early age or developed maturity earlier than might be expected. Although it is most often used to describe gifted children, it can also be used to describe those who are too bold as well.

It is also used in botany to describe plants and flowers that blossom or fruit early.

Examples of the word PRECOCIOUS

  1. The precocious child refused to sit with the other children.
  2. Mozart was a precocious composer from the age of five.
  3. The magnolia demonstrates precocious flowering as they appear before the leaves.

Origins of the word Precocious

It derives from the Latin praecox, praecoc-, premature, from praecoquere, meaning to boil before, ripen early. It has Indo-European roots.

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role; purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org/


  1. Tried tweeting you last night….I am honoured to “know” you.Anyways,Precocoious comes from the film Mary Poppins. Supercalifragilistic…etc. Keep up the amazingly good work.You must be knackered!Big hugs Barb.Booth.X

  2. Although I’ve never had a reason to use this one, I’m sure the time may come when I want to bring a parent down a peg or two by using this to describe their very obnoxious child ….. 🙂

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