- 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
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1. unseasonable, inappropriate, inconvenient, unsuitable.
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Examples from the Web for untimely
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For stories, for life, and the amazing meals we shared before his untimely death.Michael Hastings' Hunger for Life
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Whoever sold Hoffman this brand of narcotic aided in his untimely death.Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Deadly ‘Ace of Spades' Heroin
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All untimely bereavement is, of course, not of the nature of the above illustration.
Therefore, I dismiss the fear of untimely separation from my appointed work.
He seems to have wished the world to accept this version of his untimely marriage.The Man Shakespeare
Were he to die while I am speaking, we could not pronounce it an untimely death.Time's Portraiture
Our lamb was black: and at the hour of his untimely death a storm was coming up.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
- occurring before the expected, normal, or proper timean untimely death
- inappropriate to the occasion, time, or seasonhis joking at the funeral was most untimely
- prematurely or inopportunely
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Word Origin and History for untimely
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Idioms and Phrases with untimely
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