from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring or done at an inappropriate time; inopportune.
  • adj. Occurring too soon; premature: an untimely death.
  • adv. Inopportunely.
  • adv. Prematurely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. at an inopportune time
  • adj. early; premature

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not timely.
  • Ill-timed; inopportune; unsuitable; unfitting; improper.
  • Happening before the natural time; premature: as, untimely death; untimely fate.
  • In other than the natural time; unseasonably.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. badly timed
  • adj. uncommonly early or before the expected time
  • adv. too soon; in a premature manner


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