American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Occurring or done at an inappropriate time; inopportune.
- adj. Occurring too soon; premature: an untimely death.
- adv. Inopportunely.
- adv. Prematurely.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not timely. Not done or happening seasonably.
- Ill-timed; inopportune; unsuitable; unfitting; improper.
- Happening before the natural time; premature: as, untimely death; untimely fate.
- In other than the natural time; unseasonably.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not timely; done or happening at an unnatural, unusual, or improper time; unseasonable; premature; inopportune.
- adv. Out of the natural or usual time; inopportunely; prematurely; unseasonably.
- adj. badly timed
- adj. uncommonly early or before the expected time
- adv. too soon; in a premature manner
“Apply that rule to drugs and possession of automobiles, and the resulting reduction in untimely death would be measurable.”
“We're getting our chances, but we're missing open nets or I'm letting in untimely goals.”
“Authorities are investigating the infant boy's death, which at this point is classified as "untimely," according to Police Chief Jason Lavoie.”
“The unfortunate timing of Connell's death recalls the untimely death of George De Mohrenschildt who was scheduled to be the star witness in the House Select Committee on Assassinations (HSCA) in 1977.”
“I would call the untimely but sudden death of Daniel Pearl or the treatment of Senator McCain and other POWs where their arms were strapped behind their backs until the elbows touched and then they were hoisted off the floor by the elbows Those acts shock my conscience especially when they had no useful information to impart.”
“His merit is confessed by all parties, and his death can hardly be called untimely, as his behaviour rendered his last day worth an age of common life. ”
“Many considered his passing "untimely" since he was actively immersed in important projects with hands on the reins until near the end.”
“Anna S described the anger she felt over these 'untimely' concerns when she was witnessed a disturbance on the street.”
“Following Arafat's "untimely" death -- untimely in the sense that if he had died a few years earlier this would have ended by now -- the Palestinian Authority shifted from guerrilla warfare to guerrilla "lawfare.”
“The all-Republican panel dismissed as "untimely" claims that Fuller might be biased, without addressing the substance of the claims.”
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