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

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 Attempting to tie together a multi-night trip for the untimely summer holiday feels like a scheduling gamble — one where the odds probably just won't fall in our favor. Elizabeth Buxton, refinery29.com, "Stuck In A Mid-Week July Fourth Rut? We Have The Star-Spangled Plan," 22 June 2018 Taking on a new significance after the beloved storyteller's untimely passing, the family will keep Bourdain's gift alongside other keepsakes in the family's china cabinet. Southern Living, "West Virginia Couple from 'Parts Unknown' Receives Gift from Anthony Bourdain a Day Before His Death," 12 June 2018 The report said judges should consider the inconvenience to the public in making them wait, and the cost to the taxpayer in making public servants wait for the judge's untimely arrival. Heather Nolan, NOLA.com, "Defendants often plead guilty without attorneys present: Court Watch," 22 May 2018 New Albany took advantage of some untimely Providence miscues and left with a 5-3 win Thursday night. Kenzie Winstead, The Courier-Journal, "New Albany baseball takes a win against the Providence Pioneers, 5-3," 3 May 2018 In addition to ruling out an untimely goring, the researchers also excluded infection, cancer, erosion, and gnawing by animals as the cause thanks to the uniform shape of the hole. Roni Dengler, Science | AAAS, "Prehistoric humans may have practiced brain surgery on cows," 19 Apr. 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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