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 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 But his life off the ice wasn’t as stellar — years of alcoholism and untreated depression would eventually lead to an unfortunate altercation resulting in the father of seven’s untimely death at age 40. Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Terry Sawchuk biopic ‘Goalie’ renders life of former NHL star (and L.A. King) inertly," 6 Feb. 2020 Their last win came on Monday in Detroit, united and galvanized by Kobe Bryant’s untimely death. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers, John Beilein beaten down by recurring problems: “Every loss is hitting me really hard”," 2 Feb. 2020 The timing coincides with the late seven-time Grammy winner’s untimely death on April 21, 2016. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "H.E.R., Gary Clark Jr., Dave Grohl and More Go Crazy For 'The Grammy Salute to Prince'," 29 Jan. 2020 In the wake of Kobe Bryant’s untimely death at 41, the usual cascade of emotion set in: disbelief, shock, sadness and, for some, anger. Evette Dionne, Time, "We Can Only Process Kobe Bryant's Death by Being Honest About His Life," 28 Jan. 2020 Our university community mourns his untimely passing and expresses our condolences to all who knew him. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "UMass Lowell student from Revere mourned after Costa Rica crash," 20 Jan. 2020 This led to King George VI, who left the throne upon his untimely death to his daughter, Queen Elizabeth II. Tara Edwards, refinery29.com, "Is Harry Still A Prince? & Other Questions About Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s New Roles, Answered," 20 Jan. 2020 Read on for the biggest burning questions lingering after her untimely passing. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Brittany Murphy Died 10 Years Ago at 32: Inside Her Sudden Death That Still Confounds Hollywood," 20 Dec. 2019 The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Ryan Costello yesterday in New Zealand. Dan Brechlin, courant.com, "Twins prospect, Wethersfield native Ryan Costello, found dead in New Zealand hotel room," 18 Nov. 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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“Untimely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untimely. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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
untimely adverb

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