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adverb Informal.
  1. promptly; quickly.
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Origin of pronto

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


  1. informal at once; promptly
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Word Origin

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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