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


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

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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Contemporary Examples of inopportune

Historical Examples of inopportune

  • Kirkwood's waiter put in an inopportune appearance with the bill.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • Think of it coming in at that inopportune moment, just as telegrams do at a play!

  • Buel frowned at the approaching boat, and cursed its inopportune arrival.

  • As it was he bit his lip in vexation at this most inopportune interruption.


    Rafael Sabatini

  • At this inopportune moment Mosby made a charge which broke our column.

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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