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[in-op-er-toon, -tyoon] /ɪnˌɒp ərˈtun, -ˈtyun/
not opportune; inappropriate; inconvenient; untimely or unseasonable:
an inopportune visit.
Origin of inopportune
1525-35; < Late Latin inopportūnus. See in-3, opportune
Related forms
inopportunely, adverb
inopportuneness, inopportunity, noun Unabridged
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  • It was by no means displeasing to him, for he was a man; yet, he felt it to be most inopportune.

    A Prince of Anahuac James A. Porter
  • Kirkwood's waiter put in an inopportune appearance with the bill.

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
  • It was an inopportune time to receive bad news—almost on the instant of entering a race that meant so much to Randall.

    For the Honor of Randall Lester Chadwick
  • As it was he bit his lip in vexation at this most inopportune interruption.

    Scaramouche Rafael Sabatini
  • If at this hour Flamel were to affect an inopportune reluctance—!

    The Touchstone Edith Wharton
  • At this inopportune moment Mosby made a charge which broke our column.

  • Still it seemed to me an inopportune hour for bringing up the subject.

    Roughing it De Luxe Irvin S. Cobb
  • This hour so opportune was also most inopportune,—such sorrow at home!

  • On reaching Beechcote she noticed a fly at the door, and paused a moment to consider whether her visit might not be inopportune.

    The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
British Dictionary definitions for inopportune


not opportune; inappropriate or badly timed
Derived Forms
inopportunely, adverb
inopportuneness, inopportunity, noun
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Word Origin and History for inopportune

1530s, from Late Latin inopportunus "unfitting," from in- "not" + opportunus (see opportune). A rare word before 19c. Related: Inopportunely.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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