[ uhn-tahym-lee ]
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adjective,un·time·li·er, un·time·li·est.
  1. not timely; not occurring at a suitable time or season; ill-timed or inopportune: An untimely downpour stopped the game.

  2. happening too soon or too early; premature: his untimely demise.

Origin of untimely

First recorded in 1150–1200, untimely is from the Middle English word untimliche.See un-1, timely

Other words for untimely

Other words from untimely

  • 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


/ (ʌnˈtaɪmlɪ) /

  1. occurring before the expected, normal, or proper time: an untimely death

  2. inappropriate to the occasion, time, or season: his joking at the funeral was most untimely

  1. prematurely or inopportunely

Derived forms of untimely

  • untimeliness, noun

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Other Idioms and Phrases with untimely


see come to an (untimely) end.

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