The punctual woman was optimistic about her lunch meeting with a new client.
An example of punctual is a person who promises to arrive at 2 and who arrives at 2.
- of, like, or drawn into a single point
- carefully observant of an appointed time; on time; prompt
- Archaic punctilious
Origin of punctualMiddle English from Medieval Latin punctualis from Classical Latin punctus, a point
- Acting or arriving exactly at the time appointed; prompt.
- Paid or accomplished at or by the appointed time.
- Precise; exact.
- Confined to or having the nature of a point in space.
- Linguistics Of, related to, or being the verbal aspect that expresses momentary action or action considered as having no temporal duration.
Origin of punctualMiddle English sharp-pointed from Medieval Latin pūnctuālis from Latin pūnctum point from neuter past participle of pungere to prick ; see pungent .
- punc′tu·al′i·ty punc′tu·al·ness
(comparative more punctual, superlative most punctual)