under-prompter

prompter

[promp-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that prompts.
2.
Theater. a person who is offstage and follows a play in progress from the book, repeating missed cues and supplying actors with forgotten lines.
3.
an electronic or mechanical device for prompting a speaker or performer.
Compare TelePrompTer.


Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English; see prompt, -er1

underprompter, noun
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prompter (ˈprɒmptə)
 
n
1.  a person offstage who reminds the actors of forgotten lines or cues
2.  a person, thing, etc, that prompts

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prompt
mid-14c., from O.Fr. prompt (early 13c.), from L. promptus "brought forth, at hand, ready, quick," prop. pp. of promere "to bring forth," from pro- "forward" + emere "to take" (see exempt). Theatrical sense of "to assist a speaker with lines" is first recorded early 15c.
The adj. is first recorded early 15c.
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