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[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.
Origin of untimely
1150-1200; Middle English untimliche. See un-1, timely
Related forms
untimeliness, noun
1. unseasonable, inappropriate, inconvenient, unsuitable. Unabridged
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  • Does the untimely loss of my young brother, who would have represented and sustained your name, never press heavily upon it?

  • He had been the pet of the family for a long time, but he came to an untimely end.

    Concerning Cats Helen M. Winslow
  • He had two daughters, and a son George who came to an untimely end.

    Cornish Characters S. Baring-Gould
  • Sometimes it may ruin a man; not because it is a joke, but because it is untimely.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Still I am very much afraid that 'Verdet' and 'Janet' will come to an untimely end.

British Dictionary definitions for untimely


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

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

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