presto adv. [mus.] presto
Wendungen und Ausdrücke
Hey presto! Hokuspokus!
Hey presto! Simsalabim!
hey presto [coll.] plötzlich Adj.
hey presto [coll.] sofort Adv. presto
/"prEstU/ adv., int., n., & a.L16. [It. = quick, quickly, f. late L praestus ready, for L praesto at hand.]
A adv. & int.
1 In various commands used by conjurors: quickly, at once
. Also as int., announcing the climax of a trick or a surprising dénouement. Freq. in hey presto. L16.
2 Mus. A direction: rapidly
L17.1 Saturday Evening Post Hey, presto! I’m off by the first train.
R. MACAULAY To clap one’s hands, twice, thrice, and presto! an elegant meal.
B n. Pl. -os.
1 An exclamation of presto!’ E17.
2 Mus. A rapid movement or passage. M19.2
A. HOPKINS The same cascade of notes..sweeps us back into a final tumultuous Presto.
C attrib. or as adj.
1 Orig., in readiness. Now, rapid, instantaneous; of the nature of a magical transformation. M17.
2 Mus. In a rapid tempo. M20.
hey presto! a conjuror's expression, usually used at the successful finale of a trick. http://www.chambersharrap.co.uk/chambers/feat...
presto music adverb in a very fast manner. adj very fast. noun (prestos) a piece of music to be played in this way.
ETYMOLOGY: 17c: Italian, meaning 'quick', from Latin praestus, from praesto ready.