[ promp-ter ]
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  1. a person or thing that prompts.

  2. Theater. a person who is offstage and follows a play in progress from the book, repeating missed cues and supplying actors with forgotten lines.

  1. an electronic or mechanical device for prompting a speaker or performer.

Origin of prompter

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at prompt, -er1

Other words from prompter

  • un·der·prompt·er, noun

Words Nearby prompter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use prompter in a sentence

  • Maybe Mrs. Blythe would station her there somewhere as prompter, for fear that she might forget her speech.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land | Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Three times three they gave it without the need of a prompter.

    The Fall of a Nation | Thomas Dixon

British Dictionary definitions for prompter


/ (ˈprɒmptə) /

  1. a person offstage who reminds the actors of forgotten lines or cues

  2. a person, thing, etc, that prompts

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