from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Occurring, growing, or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time; uncommonly or unexpectedly early: a premature end.
- adj. Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time: a premature infant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Occurring before a state of readiness or maturity has arrived.
- adj. Taking place earlier than anticipated, prepared for, or desired.
- adj. Suffering from premature ejaculation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Mature or ripe before the proper time.
- adj. Happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper or usual time; adopted too soon; too early; untimely
- adj. Arriving or received without due authentication or evidence.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Arriving too early at maturity; mature or ripe before the proper time; hence, coming into existence or occurring too soon; too early; untimely; overhasty.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. uncommonly early or before the expected time
- adj. born after a gestation period of less than the normal time
- adj. too soon or too hasty
Middle English, ripe, from Latin praemātūrus, ripe too early : prae-, pre- + mātūrus, ripe; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
circa 1520, From Latin praematurus, equivalent to pre- + mature. (Wiktionary)