noun, plural pres·tos.
Origin of presto
Examples from the Web for presto
And presto: polio returned—first in Nigeria then across Africa and into Asia, following an established migration pattern.
Toss a Cinderella- or Stockholm Syndrome-type victim into the mix and presto!
When this third hour had been bellowed away, and the bell had rung unheard the advent of a fourth—presto—in came Mons.
At the extreme demonstrativeness of Presto he closed his green eyes disdainfully, and thought: "Well—dogs know no better!"The Quest|Frederik van Eeden
But the author must needs be haled into court;45 and, presto!Paris and the Social Revolution|Alvan Francis Sanborn
Presto will be suspicious of everything but MD, in spite of your little nose.The Journal to Stella|Jonathan Swift
Even its terminology is strange to the English ear, which finds—hey, presto!The Great North Road: York to Edinburgh|Charles G. Harper
British Dictionary definitions for presto
noun plural -tos
Word Origin for presto
Word Origin and History for presto
1590s, "quickly," used by conjurers, etc., from Italian presto "quick, quickly" in conjuror's patter, from Latin praestus "ready," praesto (adv.) "ready, available," from prae "before" (see pre-) + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Cf. Latin praesto esse "to be at hand, be ready," source of French prêt "ready." As a musical direction, it is a separate borrowing from Italian, first recorded 1683.