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untimely

[uhn-tahym-lee] /ʌnˈtaɪm li/
adjective, untimelier, untimeliest.
1.
not timely; not occurring at a suitable time or season; ill-timed or inopportune:
An untimely downpour stopped the game.
2.
happening too soon or too early; premature:
his untimely demise.
adverb
Origin of untimely
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English untimliche. See un-1, timely
Related forms
untimeliness, noun
Synonyms
1. unseasonable, inappropriate, inconvenient, unsuitable.
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  • They hold their jubilees in weeds rather; and the untimeliness of genius is the tragedy of life as of letters.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
  • Most certainly, the results of the carrying out of that project were such as to prove all that they claimed of its untimeliness.

    Glimpses of Three Coasts Helen Hunt Jackson
  • At the tone of this question Mrs. Skene suddenly realized the untimeliness of her complaints.

    Cashel Byron's Profession George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for untimeliness

untimely

/ʌnˈtaɪmlɪ/
adjective
1.
occurring before the expected, normal, or proper time: an untimely death
2.
inappropriate to the occasion, time, or season: his joking at the funeral was most untimely
adverb
3.
prematurely or inopportunely
Derived Forms
untimeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for untimeliness

untimely

adj.

1530s, "coming before the proper or usual time," from un- (1) "not" + timely. Cf. Middle Danish utimelig, of weather, etc.

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