Definition of pronto in English:



  • Promptly; quickly.

    ‘put it in the refrigerator, pronto’
    • ‘They hit it off pronto and that was how the album was born.’
    • ‘As salmon fishings are currently valued at between five and eight thousand pounds for each fish caught on an average year, it is easy to see why he is keen to offload pronto.’
    • ‘If tenants persistently act in an anti-social way after being warned, they should be evicted - pronto.’
    • ‘It would die a death overnight if mobile phones were banned in schools, which they should be, pronto, for health reasons as well as social ones.’
    • ‘George is coming over in June so we need to get on the case pronto.’
    • ‘They'll also be looking at how well libraries and doctors can work together so if it's successful, expect it to be available all over the UK pronto.’
    • ‘Feel free to leave a comment and I'll fix it up pronto.’
    • ‘I just hope the titans of industry over at Apple cut him his check, pronto.’
    • ‘Where it applies the signs should be changed pronto.’
    • ‘By any rational measure, the site should fail, alerting the developers to their error and prompting them to fix it pronto.’
    • ‘Yes, get that man into the middle of the front row, pronto.’
    • ‘I think you should write an anonymous letter to an adult, then switch classes pronto.’
    • ‘Civic authorities, urban planners and implementers have been harping on the need for developing satellite townships, pronto.’
    • ‘This is about as difficult as saying the word ‘car’ in a hotel foyer - the tour desk will arrange one pronto.’
    • ‘Scratch this weekend's home game, grab your brush, and finish that room pronto.’
    • ‘I've got to start currying favour with him pronto.’
    • ‘She wanted to see everyone in her office pronto.’
    • ‘This is most vexing and I think a serious clarification of our respective roles in this relationship should be undertaken, pronto.’
    • ‘It's not scheduled for auction yet, so if all goes well, I'll be able to put in an offer pronto, before anybody else even thinks about looking at it.’
    • ‘Of course, this dream could also mean you need to wake up pronto and use the nearest bathroom.’
    quickly, fast, swiftly, speedily, at speed, at full speed, at the speed of light, post-haste, hotfoot, at full tilt, as fast as one's legs can carry one, at a gallop, expeditiously, briskly, promptly
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Early 20th century: from Spanish, from Latin promptus (see prompt).