punctual

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

Definition of punctual

  1. :  being on time :  prompt

punctuality

play \ˌpəŋk-chə-ˈwa-lə-tē\ noun

punctually

play \ˈpəŋk-chə-wə-lē, -chə-lē\ adverb

Examples of punctual in a sentence

  1. <the punctual delivery of the daily mail>

Did You Know?

The original meaning of punctual described a puncture made by a surgeon. The word has meant lots of other things through the centuries, usually involving being precise about small points. And today punctuality is all about time; a punctual train or a punctual payment or a punctual person shows up "on the dot".

Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

punctual

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

Definition of punctual for English Language Learners

  • : arriving or doing something at the expected or planned time


PUNCTUAL Defined for Kids

punctual

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adjective punc·tu·al \ˈpəŋk-chə-wəl\

Definition of punctual for Students

  1. :  arriving or acting at the right time :  not late

puntually

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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