Meaning of “precocious” in the English Dictionary

"precocious" in British English

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uk /prɪˈkəʊ.ʃəs/ us /prəˈkoʊ.ʃəs/

(especially of children) showing mental development or achievement much earlier than usual:

A precocious child, she went to university at the age of 15.
She recorded her first CD at the precocious age of twelve.

disapproving A precocious child behaves as if they are much older than they are:

a precocious little brat
noun [ U ] uk /prɪˈkəʊ.ʃəs.nəs/ us /prəˈkoʊ.ʃəs.nəs/ formal precocity, uk /-ˈkɒs.ɪ.ti/ us /-ˈkɑː.sə.t̬i/

(Definition of “precocious” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"precocious" in American English

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us /prɪˈkoʊ·ʃəs/

showing unusually early mental development or achievement:

Lucy was a verbally precocious child.

(Definition of “precocious” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)