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[uhn-see-zuh-nuh-buh l] /ʌnˈsi zə nə bəl/
not seasonable; being out of season; unseasonal:
unseasonable weather.
not befitting the occasion; untimely; ill-timed; inopportune; inappropriate:
Their visits were usually unseasonable.
Origin of unseasonable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see un-1, seasonable
Related forms
unseasonableness, noun
unseasonably, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unseasonable
Historical Examples
  • Is there any other danger than that of having a child at an unseasonable time?

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
  • But this was unseasonable, it ought to be fairly cool at the time of year.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • His small library had received a most unseasonable addition, the account of the lamentable end of Francis Spira.

  • It was an unseasonable tempest, scarcely to be looked for at that time of year.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • The storm was gone, unseasonable and transient, and only a broken remnant of its clouds hung about the western mountains.

    The Story of Old Fort Loudon Charles Egbert Craddock
  • My intrusion is unseasonable, perhaps, but none the less unavoidable.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • Therefore, he would insist on encamping at all unseasonable hours, saying that fifteen miles was a sufficient day's journey.

    The Oregon Trail Francis Parkman, Jr.
  • It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an R in their name to eat an oyster.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • The bellowing of cows at unseasonable hours was likewise regarded as an announcement of death, as well as the howling of the dog.

  • And is this what you have interrupted me to say, at this unseasonable hour, Joel Pepper?

British Dictionary definitions for unseasonable


(esp of the weather) inappropriate for the season
untimely; inopportune
Derived Forms
unseasonableness, noun
unseasonably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unseasonable

mid-15c., "inopportune," from un- (1) "not" + seasonable. In reference to weather, "not appropriate to the time of year," it is recorded from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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