[ tahym-lee ]
/ ˈtaɪm li /

adjective, time·li·er, time·li·est.

occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed: a timely warning.
Archaic. early.


seasonably; opportunely.
Archaic. early or soon.

Origin of timely

before 1000; Middle English tim(e)liche, Old English tīmlīce (adv.). See time, -ly
Related formstime·li·ness, nounpre·time·li·ness, nounpre·time·ly, adjective
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/ (ˈtaɪmlɪ) /

adjective, adverb -lier or -liest

at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
an archaic word for early
Derived Formstimeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for timeliness



late Old English, from time (n.). As an adjective meaning "occurring at a suitable time" it is attested from c.1200.

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