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adverb un·time·ly \ˌən-ˈtīm-lē\

Definition of untimely

  1. 1 :  at an inopportune time :  unseasonably

  2. 2 :  before the due, natural, or proper time :  prematurely went untimely to the grave

First Known Use of untimely

13th century


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untimely

adjective un·time·ly

Definition of untimely

  1. 1 :  inopportune, unseasonable an untimely joke untimely frost

  2. 2 :  occurring or done before the due, natural, or proper time :  too early :  premature an untimely death

untimeliness

noun

Examples of untimely in a Sentence

  1. the untimely arrival of our guests caught us by surprise

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First Known Use of untimely

13th century


UNTIMELY Defined for English Language Learners

untimely

adjective

Definition of untimely for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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adjective un·time·ly \ˌən-ˈtīm-lē\

Definition of untimely for Students

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

  2. 2 :  coming at the wrong time an untimely joke


Law Dictionary

untimely

adjective un·time·ly \ˌən-ˈtīm-lē\

Legal Definition of untimely

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

untimeliness

noun

untimely

adverb


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