AskDefine | Define presto

Dictionary Definition

presto adj : (of tempo) very fast adv
1 suddenly; "Presto! begone! 'tis here again"- Swift
2 at a very fast tempo (faster than allegro)

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From presto "quickly".

Pronunciation

  • RP: /ˈprɛstəʊ/, /"prEst@U/
  • US: , /ˈprɛstoʊ/, /"prEstoU/
    Rhymes with: -ɛstəʊ

Noun

  1. In the context of "poker slang": A pair of fives as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em

References

Adverb

  1. Very fast or quickly; a directive for the musician(s) to play in a very quick tempo.

Interjection

  1. Used by magicians when performing a trick.
    So I put my hand into the hat and presto! Out comes a rabbit!

Translations

used by magicians

Bosnian

Noun

  1. throne

Italian

Synonyms

Verb

presto

Serbian

Noun

  1. throne

See also

Extensive Definition

Presto is a word from the Italian language, meaning 'soon', 'early', or 'quickly'. In English, it may have the following meanings:

As a common word

As a proper name

Places

People

Characters

Corporations, ensembles, and products

Entertainment and sports

Automotive

  • Presto-Matic (1946–1953), a Chrysler Corporation transmission
  • Rinspeed Presto, a Swiss concept car that could stretch itself between 2-seat and 4-seat configurations
  • Hyundai Excel, a car also known as the Hyundai Presto in South Korea

Food

Computers

Other products and services

  • Presto!, an ATM network owned and operated by Publix Supermarkets
  • Presto card, a smartcard-based fare payment system used in the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton, Canada
presto in German: Presto
presto in Spanish: Presto
presto in French: Presto
presto in Dutch: Presto
presto in Polish: Presto
presto in Russian: Presto

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

accelerando, adagietto, adagio, affrettando, allegretto, allegro, andante, andante tempo, andantino, beat, compound time, con anima, con brio, crescendo, decrescendo, desto, diminuendo, duple time, expeditiously, flat-out, forte, fortissimo, full tilt, hastily, immediate, instant, instantaneous, larghetto, larghissimo, largo, legato, lickety-split, lightning-like, marcando, march tempo, mixed times, moderato, momentaneous, momentary, pianissimo, piano, pizzicato, posthaste, prestissimo, quick as lightning, quick as thought, quickly, rag, ragtime, rallentando, rapidly, ritardando, ritenuto, rubato, scherzando, scherzo, sextuple time, simple time, spiccato, staccato, stretto, syncopation, syncope, tempo, tempo rubato, three-quarter time, time, time pattern, timing, triple time, triplet, two-four time, veloce, vivace, vivacissimo, waltz time
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