- 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
Examples from the Web for unpunctual
What a disgraceful thing it was for the Lilac to be so unpunctual.Seven Little People and their Friends
Horace Elisha Scudder
But Lucy at last was unpunctual in her visits to the Wilderness.
It's odd that even at your father's funeral you should be so unpunctual.Crime and Punishment
Poets are dreamy and unpractical and unpunctual—it's their nature.
But of all men alive Dolly Longstaff was the most unpunctual.The Duke's Children
- 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 and History for unpunctual
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.