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Definitions for untimely
ʌnˈtaɪm liun·time·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ill-timed, unseasonable, untimely, wrongadjective

    badly timed

    "an ill-timed intervention"; "you think my intrusion unseasonable"; "an untimely remark"; "it was the wrong moment for a joke"

  2. premature, untimelyadverb

    uncommonly early or before the expected time

    "illness led to his premature death"; "alcohol brought him to an untimely end"

  3. prematurely, untimelyadverb

    too soon; in a premature manner

    "I spoke prematurely"


  1. untimelyadjective

    at an inopportune time

  2. untimelyadjective

    early; premature

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Untimelyadjective

    Happening before the natural time.

    Boundless intemp’rance hath been
    Th’ untimely emptying of the happy throne. William Shakespeare.

    Matrons and maids
    With tears lament the knight’s untimely fate. Dryden.

    Such were the notes thy once-lov’d poet sung,
    ’Till death untimely stopp’d his tuneful tongue.
    Oh just beheld and lost! Alexander Pope.

  2. Untimelyadverb

    Before the natural time.

    He only fair, and what he fair hath made;
    All other fair, like flowers untimely fade. Edmund Spenser.

    If ever he have child, abortive be it;
    Prodigious and untimely brought to light. William Shakespeare.

    Butchers, and villains!
    How sweet a plant have you untimely cropt? William Shakespeare.

    Call up our friends,
    And let them know what we mean to do,
    And what’s untimely done. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Why came I so untimely forth
    Into a world, which, wanting thee,
    Cou’d entertain us with no worth? Edmund Waller.


  1. untimely

    Untimely refers to something occurring at an inappropriate or inconvenient time, often unexpectedly or prematurely. It can relate to events, actions, or even death, indicating that they happened before they were anticipated or in an unfavorable context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Untimelyadjective

    not timely; done or happening at an unnatural, unusual, or improper time; unseasonable; premature; inopportune; as, untimely frosts; untimely remarks; an untimely death

  2. Untimelyadverb

    out of the natural or usual time; inopportunely; prematurely; unseasonably

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Untimely

    un-tīm′li, adj. not timely: before the time, premature: unseasonable, ill-timed.—adv. (Shak.) before the time: prematurely, unseasonably.—n. Untime′liness.—adj. Untime′ous, untimely, unseasonable.—adv. Untime′ously.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of untimely in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of untimely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of untimely in a Sentence

  1. Sheronda Braker:

    I'm seeking justice for the untimely death of Derrick.

  2. Rafael Olmeda:

    Over the years, untimely celebrity deaths gave rise to my growing amazement that Abe Vigoda was outliving so many people.

  3. Cleveland Cavaliers:

    We grieve with Tyre Nichols ’ loved ones and offer them our deepest sympathies as they grapple with the pain of Tyre Nichols heinous and brutal murder, our hearts also go out to the city of Memphis. As they continue their investigations into the events that led to Tyre’s tragic and untimely death, we’re encouraged by the swift response by Police Chief Cerelyn Davis. We join their city officials and Tyre’s family in calling for peace and offer them our support on their road to healing.

  4. Martin Nolan:

    It's the last dress that Marilyn Monroe wore in her last movie, her last career-worn dress, the image of Marilyn wearing that dress was used by all of the national newspapers when they announced (her) tragic and untimely passing.

  5. President Jacob Zuma:

    We are deeply shocked and saddened by this untimely death of an outstanding cadre of our liberation struggle and a competent, accomplished and dependable member of my cabinet.

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    a consonant produced by stopping the flow of air at some point and suddenly releasing it
    A omnifarious
    B extroversive
    C occlusive
    D appellative

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