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

early, inopportune, precocious, premature, unseasonable

Antonyms: Adjective

late

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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

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

Ayrton Senna becomes a three-time Formula One racing champion and Brazil’s national hero before his untimely death at age 34. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 In Memoriam We at Harper’s Magazine are deeply saddened by the untimely death of our former contributing editor Edwin Dobb. Harper's magazine, "Letters," 16 Sep. 2019 Ayrton Senna becomes a three-time Formula One racing champion and Brazil’s national hero before his untimely death at age 34. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Walker, who died in a car crash at 40 in November 2013, starred alongside Johnson in several Fast & Furious movies before Walker’s untimely death. Ale Russian, PEOPLE.com, "Dwayne Johnson Says Friendship with Late Paul Walker Was 'Bonded Over Our Daughters'," 12 Sep. 2019 Terrill spent 10 years doing research for the book, which follows the actor’s life from humble beginnings in the Midwest to the pinnacle of Hollywood and ultimately to his untimely death at the age of 50 in Mexico. Tatiana Siegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "Toronto: Steve McQueen Biopic in the Works (Exclusive)," 8 Sep. 2019 Ayrton Senna becomes a three-time Formula One racing champion and Brazil’s national hero before his untimely death at age 34. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 1 - 7, 2019: John Wayne in ‘The Searchers’ and more," 30 Aug. 2019 Her untimely death on August 31, 1997, broke the world's heart. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Hailey Bieber Channels Princess Diana in Vogue Paris Shoot," 29 Aug. 2019 The Rise of Skywalker was intended to be Carrie Fisher’s time to shine as Leia, but her untimely death meant that Abrams had to rework the concept. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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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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