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.
- un·time·li·ness, noun
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How to use untimely in a sentence
At the tone of this question Mrs. Skene suddenly realized the untimeliness of her complaints.Cashel Byron's Profession | George Bernard Shaw
They hold their jubilees in weeds rather; and the untimeliness of genius is the tragedy of life as of letters.Tablets | Amos Bronson Alcott
Most certainly, the results of the carrying out of that project were such as to prove all that they claimed of its untimeliness.Glimpses of Three Coasts | Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for untimely
occurring before the expected, normal, or proper time: an untimely death
inappropriate to the occasion, time, or season: his joking at the funeral was most untimely
prematurely or inopportunely
- untimeliness, noun
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Other Idioms and Phrases with untimely
see come to an (untimely) end.
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