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 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 Jean-Michel Basquiat left behind enough artwork before his untimely death in 1988 to be remembered forever as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Miles Marshall Lewis, Essence, "'Time Decorated' Looks At The Influence Music Had On Jean-Michel Basquiat's Art," 18 Feb. 2021 This image of Andrew has come to mind often in the days since his untimely passing. Nr Symposium, National Review, "Men of Heroic Virtue Can Live in the World Today — Andrew Walther Did," 6 Dec. 2020 James Dean only starred in three films, Oscar-nominated for two of them, before his untimely death; this was his last. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best Movies on HBO Max," 1 Feb. 2021 According to Entertainment's Ruth Kinane, Part Two covers Selena and her rise to fame, culminating in her untimely death at the hands of her former fan club president. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "'Selena: The Series' returns for part 2," 19 Jan. 2021 In April 2018, a year-and-a-half after Jackie Vandagriff's untimely death, Charles Bryant was standing trial for her murder. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, ""He wanted me dead." Stalking victim speaks out about her former relationship with killer," 16 Jan. 2021 The project was derailed by his untimely death and she and her son, Robert (Archie Barnes, excellent), are determined to finish even with the impending war and much of the country distracted elsewhere. Lindsey Bahr, Star Tribune, "Review: Buried treasure, impending war and loss in 'The Dig'," 13 Jan. 2021 The film threads together the rise of the Black Panther Party in Illinois with the dark conspiracy that led to the popular activist's untimely death. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Judas & The Black Messiah Is A True Tale Of Black Power & Sacrifice," 13 Jan. 2021 But the feel-good vibe vanished under a myriad of mistakes and untimely plays in Buffalo. David Ginsburg, ajc, "Ravens' season ends with Jackson in locker room, 17-3 loss," 17 Jan. 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 27 Feb. 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
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