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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.

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. Foo Fighters:

    The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. The Foo Fighters family musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.

  2. The President:

    We got to have not just a Democratic president who can continue the legacy that we built together over the last 7½ years, but we've got to have a Senate that is a partner in this process, and I can list a whole bunch of reasons for why that's so important. It turns out that because of the untimely death of Justice Scalia -- and obviously we grieve for his family -- but the behavior of the Senate since then, I think, gives you a pretty good reason of why we think the Senate is so important.

  3. Wayomi Rathnayake , now 29:

    We want those responsible for Wishma's death to be held accountable because we hope this kind of untimely death won't ever happen to anyone again, tomorrow it could be someone else's brother, sister, friend, mother or father.

  4. Sheronda Braker:

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

  5. 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.

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. summon
    • B. emanate
    • C. cleave
    • D. efface

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