[in-op-er-toon, -tyoon]


not opportune; inappropriate; inconvenient; untimely or unseasonable: an inopportune visit.

Nearby words

  1. inofficious,
  2. inofficious will,
  3. inoperable,
  4. inoperative,
  5. inoperculate,
  6. inordinate,
  7. inorg.,
  8. inorganic,
  9. inorganic acid,
  10. inorganic chemistry

Origin of inopportune

From the Late Latin word inopportūnus, dating back to 1525–35. See in-3, opportune

Related formsin·op·por·tune·ly, adverbin·op·por·tune·ness, in·op·por·tu·ni·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for inopportune



not opportune; inappropriate or badly timed
Derived Formsinopportunely, adverbinopportuneness or inopportunity, noun

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Word Origin and History for inopportune



1530s, from Late Latin inopportunus "unfitting," from in- "not" + opportunus (see opportune). A rare word before 19c. Related: Inopportunely.

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