- prompt side,
Origin of prompter
adjective, prompt·er, prompt·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Origin of prompt
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?
On that note, Michael, reading the prompter again in March said, “I will sing all the songs my fans want to hear.”
For once the dog recognised me as more intelligent or, at any rate, prompter than his master, and gave his whole attention to me.Foe-Farrell|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The suggestion as to warships met with a prompter response than General Lee had expected.The United States and Latin America|John Holladay Latan
The Prompter's business is with the world at large, and the mass of mankind are concerned only with common things.Noah Webster|Horace E. Scudder
The wretch has dared to call on Mr. H. because he found his address in the Prompter.The Battle of The Press|Theophila Carlile Campbell
The actors surpassed themselves, though they had no prompter, and were loudly applauded.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete|Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
- 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
Word Origin for prompt
1540s, agent noun from prompt (v.)). Earlier was promptator (mid-15c.).
mid-14c., prompten, from Latin promptus, past participle of promere "to bring forth," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + emere "to take" (see exempt (adj.)). Theatrical sense of "to assist a speaker with lines" is first recorded early 15c. Related: Prompted; prompting.
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.