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[pron-toh] /ˈprɒn toʊ/
adverb, Informal.
promptly; quickly.
Origin of pronto
1840-50, Americanism; < Spanish (adj. and adv.) quick, quickly < Latin promptus prompt (adj.) Unabridged
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  • He gave the pinto a cautious slap on the flank and pronto started off down the trail.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • pronto Helps him with a supply of similes, which, it seems, he did not think of readily.

    Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • "Explain yourself down that road, Mr. Street—pronto," he advised.

    The Sheriff's Son William MacLeod Raine
  • But what is there in the heart of pronto that is kept from Curio?

    Aurelian William Ware
  • pronto's all cut up, an' you gotta hustle some linen an' salve.

British Dictionary definitions for pronto


(informal) at once; promptly
Word Origin
C20: from Spanish: quick, from Latin promptusprompt
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Word Origin and History for pronto

1850, from Spanish pronto, perhaps influenced by Italian pronto (borrowed by English 1740), both from Latin promptus (see prompt).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pronto



Immediately; quickly; pdq

[1850+; fr Spanish]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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