- strictly observant of an appointed or regular time; not late; prompt.
- made, occurring, etc., at the scheduled or proper time: punctual payment.
- pertaining to or of the nature of a point.
Origin of punctual
Examples from the Web for punctual
Deen is not only punctual, but also professionally courteous to his former co-stars.My Bizarre Night With James Deen, Libertarian Porn Star
November 12, 2014
On the day of the shoot, the crew and I arrived early—Mrs. Cleaver would have wanted us to be punctual!Farewell to Mrs. Cleaver
October 17, 2010
Thompson came early on the following day, punctual to his appointment.
She lived by habit, by the punctual fulfillment of her expectation.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
You may be punctual in that to half a second on the clock, and yet be Bankrupt.
He will find me punctual and vigilant, and anxious to do what is right.
To be punctual does not mean to be too early, but to be just early enough.
- arriving or taking place at an arranged time; prompt
- (of a person) having the characteristic of always keeping to arranged times, as for appointments, meetings, etc
- obsolete precise; exact; apposite
- maths consisting of or confined to a point in space
Word Origin and History for punctual
c.1400, from Medieval Latin punctualis, from Latin punctus "a pricking" (see point (n.)). Originally "having a sharp point; of the nature of a point;" meaning "prompt" first recorded 1670s, from notion of "insisting on fine points." Related: Punctually.