[ pron-toh ]
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  1. promptly; quickly.

Origin of pronto

1840–50, Americanism;<Spanish (adj. and adv.) quick, quickly <Latin promptusprompt (adj.)

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

How to use pronto in a sentence

  • Just as the q-b was working up to the rage I had at last calmed down from, appeared the shawl-swathed girl announcing "pronto!"

    Sea and Sardinia | D. H. Lawrence
  • “Al suo comodo è pronto,” she said, referring to the dinner, and hurried away again to dish up the veal cutlets.

    Olive in Italy | Moray Dalton
  • "Give you nothin', except a dose of lead, if you don't git out pronto," snarled the man.

    Pluck on the Long Trail | Edwin L. Sabin
  • He certainly did assimilate my advice and drag it out of town muy pronto.

    The Pride of Palomar | Peter B. Kyne
  • Understand, if you ketch anybody cantelopin' around a-foot, you just ride 'em off the range pronto.

    Overland Red | Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for pronto


/ (ˈprɒntəʊ) /

  1. informal at once; promptly

Origin of pronto

C20: from Spanish: quick, from Latin promptus prompt

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