from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Occurring or done at an inappropriate time; inopportune.
  • adjective Occurring too soon; premature.
  • adverb Inopportunely.
  • adverb Prematurely.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Not timely; done or happening at an unnatural, unusual, or improper time; unseasonable; premature; inopportune.
  • adverb Out of the natural or usual time; inopportunely; prematurely; unseasonably.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective at an inopportune time
  • adjective early; premature

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

  • adjective badly timed
  • adjective uncommonly early or before the expected time
  • adverb too soon; in a premature manner


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