Meaning of punctual


When someone says “Be punctual,” that means you better be there on time. Five minutes late won’t cut it.

Some people seem to follow an appointment clock instinctively. We call those types punctual. They’ll check their watch when you arrive three minutes late. The word punctual originates from the Latin word punctualis, which means “a point.” To be punctual, you have to arrive at the right point in time. For your appointment. Get the point?

Definitions of punctual
  1. adjective

    acting or arriving or performed exactly at the time appointed

    “she expected guests to be
    punctual at meals”
    “he is not a particularly
    punctual person”
    punctual payment”


    according to schedule or without delay; on time

    before a time limit expires
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    not punctual; after the appointed time

    behind schedule
    belated, late, tardy

    after the expected or usual time; delayed
    benighted, nighted

    overtaken by night or darkness

    just before a deadline; at the last minute
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