untimely

adverb
un·​time·​ly | \ˌən-ˈtīm-lē \

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

In a contract year, Ingram is one of the many high-profile players around the NFL not taking part in the voluntary workouts as an untimely injury could prove costly come 2019. Clyde Verdin, NOLA.com, "High risk, little reward for Mark Ingram at OTAs," 31 May 2018 Peery pointed to some untimely injuries for some of the team's losses. Hayes Gardner For The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Portland State's Barret Peery looking to replace a departed assistant coach," 4 May 2018 Chiellini's injury is untimely for manager Max Allegri, who will not be able to call on Mehdi Benatia, Juan Cuadrado or Miralem Pjanic for the game. SI.com, "Juve Sweating on the Fitness of Star Defender Giorgio Chiellini for Crunch Clash With Real Madrid," 20 Mar. 2018 The mood was quite morose, given not only Versace's untimely passing, but also the circumstances of his murder. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Gianni Versace's Funeral Was Really Like," 22 Jan. 2018 An untimely interruption would mar a mostly positive appearance for the Padres right-hander. Dennis Lin, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lyles starts strong, serves up three home runs in loss," 22 Sep. 2017 Common Pleas Judge Amanda Cooperman denied Riddick’s petition as untimely. Julie Shaw, Philly.com, "Philly man claims he's innocent of 1991 killing. Courts say it's too late," 22 Feb. 2018 In an untimely hit to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup quarter final preparations, Jamie Vardy has missed the most recent training session with the England squad. SI.com, "Jamie Vardy Set for Quarter-Final Absence as England Striker Misses Training Ahead of Sweden Clash," 6 July 2018 Grant was a 35-year physical education teacher at Noah Wallace Elementary School in Farmington prior to his untimely passing in October of 2015. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 2 July 2018

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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

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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 \

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
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