adverb Informal.

promptly; quickly.

Origin of pronto

1840–50, Americanism; < Spanish (adj. and adv.) quick, quickly < Latin promptus prompt (adj.) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for pronto

promptly, fast, now, quickly, soon

Examples from the Web for pronto

Contemporary Examples of pronto

Historical Examples of pronto

  • Pronto Helps him with a supply of similes, which, it seems, he did not think of readily.


    Marcus Aurelius

  • But what is there in the heart of Pronto that is kept from Curio?


    William Ware

  • Pronto had chosen his own trail and gait back to the Three Star.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • Sandy, erect in the saddle, lean and keen, matched all of Pronto's fitness.

    Rimrock Trail

    J. Allan Dunn

  • You forget it now, pronto, he commanded as he went out of the door.

    A Tenderfoot Bride

    Clarice E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for pronto



informal at once; promptly

Word Origin for pronto

C20: from Spanish: quick, from Latin promptus prompt
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Word Origin and History for pronto

1850, from Spanish pronto, perhaps influenced by Italian pronto (borrowed by English 1740), both from Latin promptus (see prompt).

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