adjective punc·tu·al \ˈpəŋk-chə-wəl, -chəl\

: arriving or doing something at the expected or planned time

Full Definition of PUNCTUAL

:  being on time :  prompt
punc·tu·al·i·ty \ˌpəŋk-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun
punc·tu·al·ly \ˈpəŋk-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē\ adverb

Examples of PUNCTUAL

  1. <the punctual delivery of the daily mail>

Origin of PUNCTUAL

Middle English, having a sharp point, from Medieval Latin punctualis of a point, from Latin punctus pricking, point, from pungere to prick — more at pungent
First Known Use: 1675
PUNCTUAL Defined for Kids


adjective punc·tu·al \ˈpəŋk-chə-wəl\

Definition of PUNCTUAL for Kids

:  arriving or acting at the right time :  not late
pun·tu·al·ly adverb

Word Root of PUNCTUAL

The Latin word pungere, meaning to prick or to pierce, and its form punctus give us the roots pung and punct. Words from the Latin pungere have something to do with pricking or piercing. To puncture is to pierce with something pointed. A pungent smell is one that is so strong and sharp that it pierces the nose. Someone punctual acts at the exact point when the hands of the clock prick the right moment. Punctuation pierces a string of words to form separate sentences.


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