[uhn-tahym-lee] /ʌnˈtaɪm li/
adjective, untimelier, untimeliest.
not timely; not occurring at a suitable time or season; ill-timed or inopportune:
"An untimely downpour stopped the game."
happening too soon or too early; premature:
"his untimely demise."
1150–1200; Middle English untimliche. See un-1, timely
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untimeliness, noun
1. unseasonable, inappropriate, inconvenient, unsuitable.
Example Sentences for untimely
Noise was a problem and unwanted, untimely and unplanned visitors were a constant source of interruption.
Although the apology is untimely overdue and blatantly pointless.
At the video's end, a memorial sequence ticks off the untimely demise of many of the participants.
Wilbur has always been conscious that his particular poetic gifts and spiritual resilience were untimely.
It is universally regarded as an untimely and tragic event.
The car itself had been destroyed in an accident, but he'd had a lot of fun with it before its untimely demise.
He that dies in extreme old age will be reduced to the same state with him that is cut down untimely.
Either the industry shapes up and accepts tighter regulation, or the shale-gas revolution may come to an untimely end.
There are inheritance battles, drug overdoses and untimely deaths.
But after back-to-back losses, and with a key injury and untimely gun incident, they are suddenly challenged.
British Dictionary definitions for untimely
untimely (ʌnˈtaɪmlɪ)
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
3.  prematurely or inopportunely

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Word Origin and History for untimely
1530s, "coming before the proper or usual time," from un- (1) "not" + timely. Cf. M.Dan. utimelig, of weather, etc.
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see come to an (untimely) end.

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