adjective, un·time·li·er, un·time·li·est.
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.
Origin of untimely
Related formsun·time·li·ness, noun
First recorded in 1150–1200, untimely
is from the Middle English
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Related Words for untimelinessannoyance
Examples from the Web for untimeliness
Historical Examples of untimeliness
They hold their jubilees in weeds rather; and the untimeliness of genius is the tragedy of life as of letters.
Most certainly, the results of the carrying out of that project were such as to prove all that they claimed of its untimeliness.
At the tone of this question Mrs. Skene suddenly realized the untimeliness of her complaints.
British Dictionary definitions for untimeliness
occurring before the expected, normal, or proper timean untimely death
inappropriate to the occasion, time, or seasonhis joking at the funeral was most untimely
Derived Formsuntimeliness, noun
prematurely or inopportunely
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Word Origin and History for untimeliness
1530s, "coming before the proper or usual time," from un- (1) "not" + timely. Cf. Middle Danish utimelig, of weather, etc.
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Idioms and Phrases with untimeliness
see come to an (untimely) end.
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