untimely

adverb
un·​time·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈtīm-lē How to pronounce untimely (audio) \

Definition of untimely

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : at an inopportune time : unseasonably
2 : before the due, natural, or proper time : prematurely went untimely to the grave

untimely

adjective

Definition of untimely (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : inopportune, unseasonable an untimely joke untimely frost
2 : occurring or done before the due, natural, or proper time : too early : premature an untimely death

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Other Words from untimely

Adjective

untimeliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for untimely

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of untimely in a Sentence

Adjective the untimely arrival of our guests caught us by surprise
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The Dutchman’s 20th-place finish Saturday was largely due to an untimely yellow just after his final stop that trapped him a lap down after running in the top-10 almost all night. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Here's our report card on all 24 drivers after IndyCar's Texas doubleheader," 3 May 2021 Moreland was asked if the surprise off-day Monday would be untimely given the A’s momentum. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, "A's starting pitching driving early turnaround," 19 Apr. 2021 Against such an enemy, plants deploy poisons powerful enough to stunt insect growth or bring about the bugs’ untimely demise. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Whiteflies Pulled Off a Grand Genetic Heist," 25 Mar. 2021 First of all, with Dr. Melendez's untimely passing came a bittersweet ending to his love story with Dr. Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas). Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "'The Good Doctor' Season 4 is Coming Soon, But a Fan-Favorite Character Won't Be Returning," 26 Oct. 2020 Moore untimely took over starting duties in the final six games and earned second-team GNAC honors. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Former ASU football quarterback Jack Smith transfers to Central Washington," 30 Sep. 2020 Before Justice Antonin Scalia’s untimely passing, the court looked ready to rule in Friedrichs’ favor. Orange County Register, "The first 100 days of Trump," 22 Jan. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective She had been married to the bad boy of the G.O.P. during the Reagan and Bush years until his untimely death, thirty years ago. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Secret Papers of Lee Atwater, Who Invented the Scurrilous Tactics That Trump Normalized," 6 May 2021 Even today, decades after his untimely death, actor Steve McQueen’s effortless sense of style is the stuff of sartorial legend. Helena Madden, Robb Report, "Steve McQueen’s Former Malibu Beach House Hits the Market for $12 Million," 3 May 2021 This was actor Chadwick Boseman’s last movie before his untimely death. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "Where to Watch the 2021 Oscar-Winning Movies," 26 Apr. 2021 Chauvin was found by a jury of his peers to be guilty of three killing counts associated with the Black man’s untimely death. Arkansas Online, "Ill-timed statements," 25 Apr. 2021 The conversation around taking care of hip-hop legends was only made more urgent with the untimely death of DMX at age 50. Jayson Buford, Rolling Stone, "Black Rob Deserved So Much More," 20 Apr. 2021 Although the Cowboys will have a strong team once again in 2021, the situation is untimely for Mike Gundy’s crew. Dallas News, "A way-too-early look at Texas Tech’s 2021 football schedule, including three matchups to keep an eye on," 6 Apr. 2021 The untimely passing of such a young, bright light is difficult to process. Andrea Towers, EW.com, "Gerren Taylor, Baldwin Hills star, dies at 30," 12 Apr. 2021 Gabrin’s untimely death was the first fatality entered into the Lost on the Frontline database. ABC News, "More than 3,600 US health workers died in COVID's 1st year," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of untimely

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of untimely was in the 13th century

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“Untimely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untimely. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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untimely

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of untimely

: happening or done sooner than you expect : occurring before the proper or right time
: happening or done at a time that is not suitable or appropriate

untimely

adjective
un·​time·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈtīm-lē How to pronounce untimely (audio) \

Kids Definition of untimely

1 : happening or done before the expected, natural, or proper time The game came to an untimely end.
2 : coming at the wrong time an untimely joke

untimely

adjective
un·​time·​ly | \ ˌən-ˈtīm-lē \

Legal Definition of untimely

: not timely especially : not made or filed within a period of time specified by procedural rule an untimely petition

Other Words from untimely

untimeliness noun
untimely adverb

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