Origin of prompter
- done, performed, delivered, etc., at once or without delay: a prompt reply.
- ready in action; quick to act as occasion demands.
- quick or alert: prompt to take offense.
- to move or induce to action: What prompted you to say that?
- to occasion or incite; inspire: What prompted his resignation?
- to assist (a person speaking) by suggesting something to be said.
- Theater. to supply (an actor, singer, etc.) from offstage with a missed cue or forgotten line.
- Theater. to supply forgotten lines, lyrics, or the like to an actor, singer, etc.
- a limit of time given for payment for merchandise purchased, the limit being stated on a note of reminder (prompt note).
- the contract setting the time limit.
- the act of prompting.
- something serving to suggest or remind.
- Computers. a message or symbol from a computer system to a user, generally appearing on a display screen, requesting more information or indicating that the system is ready for user instructions.
- take a prompt, (in acting) to move or speak in response to a cue.
Origin of prompt
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Related Wordstimely, precise, rapid, efficient, punctual, immediate, instantaneous, speedy, quick, expeditious, swift, instant, brisk, alert, eager, willing, ready, smart, apt, vigilant
Examples from the Web for prompter
When you were standing there and realized the wrong speech was in the prompter, what was going through your mind?Bring Back Fighting Obama
September 3, 2009
On that note, Michael, reading the prompter again in March said, “I will sing all the songs my fans want to hear.”The Michael Jackson I Knew
March 5, 2009
The prompter read your lines, but everything has gone to pieces.The Christian
The prompter was dismissed, but the three actresses began to complain.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
The prompter was at his post, but took no earthly notice of the scene.The Making Of A Novelist
David Christie Murray
She breathed heavily, and looked around as if for a prompter.A Pair of Blue Eyes
"She ought to marry the prompter or the box-keeper," said Nash.The Tragic Muse
- a person offstage who reminds the actors of forgotten lines or cues
- a person, thing, etc, that prompts
- performed or executed without delay
- quick or ready to act or respond
- informal punctually
- (tr) to urge (someone to do something)
- to remind (an actor, singer, etc) of lines forgotten during a performance
- (tr) to refresh the memory of
- (tr) to give rise to by suggestionhis affairs will prompt discussion
- the time limit allowed for payment of the debt incurred by purchasing goods or services on credit
- the contract specifying this time limit
- Also called: prompt notea memorandum sent to a purchaser to remind him of the time limit and the sum due
- the act of prompting
- anything that serves to remind
- an aid to the operator of a computer in the form of a question or statement that appears on the screen showing that the equipment is ready to proceed and indicating the options available
Word Origin and History for prompter
1540s, agent noun from prompt (v.)). Earlier was promptator (mid-15c.).
early 15c., "readiness," from Latin promptus (see prompt (v.)). Meaning "hint, act of prompting" is from 1590s. Computer sense attested by 1977.
early 15c., from Old French prompt and directly from Latin promptus "brought forth," hence "visible, apparent, evident," past participle of promere "to take or bring out or forth" (see prompt (v.)).Related: Promptly; promptitude.