Today’s word is PRECOCIOUS. To be PRECOCIOUS means to be – RIPE BEFOREHAND. The Latin word – PRE – means – BEFOREHAND – and the Latin word – COQUERE – means – TO COOK. A person who is PRECOCIOUS is someone developed more than is natural or usual at a given age; exceeding what is to be expected of one’s years. It is used especially of mental forwardness; as, a precocious child; precocious talents. Originally meaning to ripen beforehand, such as a PRECOCIOUS tree, which has matured before it was supposed to.