forward (adj.) 7
promising, early-maturing, precocious
3H6 I.i.203 [King to York] long live thou and these thy forward sons!
3H6 II.ii.58 [Queen to King] You promised knighthood to our forward son
AYL III.iii.11 [Touchstone to Audrey] when ... a man's good wit [cannot be] seconded with the forward child Understanding
MA I.iii.52 [Don John to Borachio, probably of Claudio] A very forward March-chick!
R3 III.i.155 [Richard to Buckingham, of York] 'tis a parlous boy, / Bold ... forward
TG I.i.45 [Valentine to Proteus] the most forward bud / Is eaten by the canker