on the dot

on the dot
O o


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee dot]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði dɒt/
    • /ɒn ðə dɒt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn stressed th ee dot]
    • /ɒn, ɔn stressed ði dɒt/

Definitions of on the dot words

  • noun on the dot a small, roundish mark made with or as if with a pen. 1
  • noun on the dot a minute or small spot on a surface; speck: There were dots of soot on the window sill. 1
  • noun on the dot anything relatively small or specklike. 1
  • noun on the dot a small specimen, section, amount, or portion: a dot of butter. 1
  • noun on the dot a period, especially as used when pronouncing an Internet address. 1
  • noun on the dot Music. a point placed after a note or rest, to indicate that the duration of the note or rest is to be increased one half. A double dot further increases the duration by one half the value of the single dot. a point placed under or over a note to indicate that it is to be played staccato. 1

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Origin of on the dot

First appearance:

before 1000
One of the 6% oldest English words
before 1000; perhaps to be identified with Old English dott head of a boil, though not attested in Middle English; cf. dottle, dit, derivative of Old English dyttan to stop up (probably derivative of dott); cognate with Old High German tutta nipple

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Parts of speech for On the dot


on the dot popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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Synonyms for on the dot

adv on the dot

  • at once — If you do something at once, you do it immediately.
  • before long — If you say that something will happen or happened before long, you mean that it will happen or happened soon.
  • bright and early — very early in the morning
  • double-time — to cause to move in double time: Double-time the troops to the mess hall.
  • fleetly — swift; rapid: to be fleet of foot; a fleet horse.

adj on the dot

  • conscionable — acceptable to one's conscience
  • early — in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.: early in the year.
  • matinal — (often initial capital letter) matins, Also, especially British, mattins. (usually used with a singular verb) Ecclesiastical. the first of the seven canonical hours. the service for it, properly beginning at midnight, but sometimes beginning at daybreak. Also called Morning Prayer. the service of public prayer, said in the morning, in the Anglican Church.
  • punctual — strictly observant of an appointed or regular time; not late; prompt.

adverb on the dot

  • advanced — An advanced system, method, or design is modern and has been developed from an earlier version of the same thing.
  • anticipative — inclined to anticipate; of or full of anticipation
  • anticipatory — An anticipatory feeling or action is one that you have or do because you are expecting something to happen soon.
  • exactly — Without discrepancy (used to emphasize the accuracy of a figure or description).
  • expeditiously — In an expeditious manner.

adjective on the dot

  • anon — Anon means quite soon.
  • directly — in a direct line, way, or manner; straight: The path leads directly to the lake.

Antonyms for on the dot

adverb on the dot

  • incompletely — not complete; lacking some part.
  • indefinite — not definite; without fixed or specified limit; unlimited: an indefinite number.

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