- strictly observant of an appointed or regular time; not late; prompt.
- made, occurring, etc., at the scheduled or proper time: punctual payment.
- pertaining to or of the nature of a point.
Origin of punctual
Related Words for punctuallyrapidly, swiftly, speedily, quickly, directly, hastily, instantly, expeditiously, routinely, systematically, commonly, faithfully, repeatedly, usually, frequently, automatically, appropriately, correctly, suitably, deservedly
Examples from the Web for punctually
Historical Examples of punctually
Punctually at nine o'clock on Monday morning, George was at the office.Life in London
The whistle sounds, punctually to the stroke of six; we are off.The Roof of France
On the Thursday she punctually returned, and after that she did not miss a week.His Masterpiece
Punctually at the time appointed, the work of the day began.Creatures of the Night
Alfred W. Rees
"You'll be here then punctually at eight to-night," said he; and we parted.Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)
Charles James Lever
- arriving or taking place at an arranged time; prompt
- (of a person) having the characteristic of always keeping to arranged times, as for appointments, meetings, etc
- obsolete precise; exact; apposite
- maths consisting of or confined to a point in space
Word Origin for punctual
c.1400, from Medieval Latin punctualis, from Latin punctus "a pricking" (see point (n.)). Originally "having a sharp point; of the nature of a point;" meaning "prompt" first recorded 1670s, from notion of "insisting on fine points." Related: Punctually.