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adj. prompt·er, prompt·est
1. Being on time; punctual.
2. Carried out or performed without delay: a prompt reply.
tr.v. prompt·ed, prompt·ing, prompts
1. To move to act; spur; incite: A noise prompted the guard to go back and investigate.
2. To give rise to; inspire: The accident prompted a review of school safety policy.
3. To assist with a reminder; remind.
4. To assist (an actor or reciter) by providing the next words of a forgotten passage; cue.
a. The act of prompting or giving a cue.
b. A reminder or cue.
2. Computers A symbol that appears on a monitor to indicate that the computer is ready to receive input.
3. Something which inspires a response, especially a statement or series of questions designed to provoke creative or critical thought from a student: In English class today, the teacher gave us the prompt for our final essay.

[Middle English, ready, from Old French, from Latin prōmptus, from past participle of prōmere, to bring forth : prō-, forth; see pro-1 + emere, to take, obtain; see em- in Indo-European roots.]

prompt′er n.
promp′ti·tude′ (prŏmp′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′), prompt′ness (prŏmpt′nĭs) n.
prompt′ly adv.


  1. Arrived on time, and left on time, like a European train —Laurie Colwin


  2. Punctual as a bride at a wedding —Honoré de Balzac
  3. Punctual as a stage manager, watch in hand —Frank Swinnerton
  4. Punctual as bills —Babette Deutsch
  5. Punctual as death —Scott Spencer
  6. Punctual as destiny —Edith Wharton
  7. Punctual as lovers to the moment sworn —Edward Young
  8. Punctually as a cuckoo in a Swiss clock —Edith Wharton
  9. Punctually, as the tax collector —Punch, 1862

    Paraphrased from “Tax gatherer.”

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.promptness - the characteristic of doing things without delay
celerity, rapidity, rapidness, speediness, quickness - a rate that is rapid
2.Promptness - the quality or habit of adhering to an appointed timepromptness - the quality or habit of adhering to an appointed time
timing - the time when something happens


noun swiftness, speed, punctuality, willingness, dispatch, readiness, haste, eagerness, alertness, alacrity, quickness, briskness, promptitude the company's promptness in settling its debts
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[ˈprɒmptnɪs] N (= punctuality) → puntualidad f; (= speed) → rapidez f, prontitud f


[ˈprɒmptnɪs] n [reply, action, treatment] → rapidité f


nPromptheit f; the fire brigade’s promptnessder prompte Einsatz der Feuerwehr


[ˈprɒmptnɪs] n (speed) → prontezza, sollecitudine f; (punctuality) → puntualità


(prompt) adjective
acting, or happening, without delay or punctually. a prompt reply; I'm surprised that she's late. She's usually so prompt.
ˈpromptly adverb
1. immediately. He promptly accepted my offer.
2. punctually. They arrived promptly.
ˈpromptness noun
at one/two etc o'clock prompt
punctually at one/two etc o'clock.
References in classic literature ?
But remembering Edna's whimsical turn of mind of late, and foreseeing that she had immediately acted upon her impetuous determination, he grasped the situation with his usual promptness and handled it with his well-known business tact and cleverness.
The procession moved with a good deal of promptness.
She would flare up at them and make trouble, in her small but quite decided and resolute way; for she has a character of her own, and lacks neither promptness nor initiative.
Stammato was arrested, tried, and condemned, with the old-time Venetian promptness.
To be sure we will," replied Aramis and Porthos, with admirable promptness and decision, as if that were the simplest thing in the world, "to be sure we will get you out; but meantime, as we are to set off the day after tomorrow, you would do much better not to risk this Bastille.
The bottle was brought with a promptness which showed the degree of consideration D'Artagnan enjoyed in the establishment.
Wyeth was the first ready; and, with his usual promptness and hardihood, launched his frail bark, singly, on this wild and hazardous voyage, down an almost interminable succession of rivers, winding through countries teeming with savage hordes.
I asked before she went in; to which she replied with promptness that she should like to come out the next night.
She had attended with conscientious promptness to checking the trouble that had brought about his death.
With characteristic promptness and audacity he set about this at once, and we cannot doubt that the boots or chamber-maid of the hotel was well bribed to help him in his design.
Her promptness of action showed that she considered the case as pressing as Mrs.
I replied, with intelligent promptness, that he was probably worth about four dollars--may be four and a half.