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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
late Middle English word dating back to 1400-50; See origin at un-1, seasonable
Related forms
unseasonableness, noun
unseasonably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Is there any other danger than that of having a child at an unseasonable time?

    Droll Stories, Complete Honore de Balzac
  • It was an unseasonable tempest, scarcely to be looked for at that time of year.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • His small library had received a most unseasonable addition, the account of the lamentable end of Francis Spira.

  • My intrusion is unseasonable, perhaps, but none the less unavoidable.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • 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
  • It is unseasonable and unwholesome in all months that have not an R in their name to eat an oyster.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • 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.
  • And is this what you have interrupted me to say, at this unseasonable hour, Joel Pepper?

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

  • Indeed, they did not seem to be at all affected by this prolonged and unseasonable tempest.

    The Prairie Traveler Randolph Marcy
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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