untimely


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un·time·ly

 (ŭn-tīm′lē)
adj. un·time·li·er, un·time·li·est
1. Occurring or done at an inappropriate time; inopportune.
2. Occurring too soon; premature: an untimely death.
adv.
1. Inopportunely.
2. Prematurely.

un·time′li·ness n.

untimely

(ʌnˈtaɪmlɪ)
adj
1. occurring before the expected, normal, or proper time: an untimely death.
2. inappropriate to the occasion, time, or season: his joking at the funeral was most untimely.
adv
prematurely or inopportunely
unˈtimeliness n

un•time•ly

(ʌnˈtaɪm li)

adj. , -li•er, -li•est,
adv. adj.
1. not timely; not occurring at a suitable time or season; ill-timed or inopportune.
2. happening too soon or too early; premature.
adv.
3. prematurely.
4. unseasonably.
[1150–1200]
un•time′li•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.untimely - badly timed; "an ill-timed intervention"; "you think my intrusion unseasonable"; "an untimely remark"; "it was the wrong moment for a joke"
inopportune - not opportune; "arrived at a most inopportune hour"; "an inopportune visit"
2.untimely - uncommonly early or before the expected timeuntimely - uncommonly early or before the expected time; "illness led to his premature death"; "alcohol brought him to an untimely end"
early - at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time; "early morning"; "an early warning"; "early diagnosis"; "an early death"; "took early retirement"; "an early spring"; "early varieties of peas and tomatoes mature before most standard varieties"
Adv.1.untimely - too soon; in a premature manner; "I spoke prematurely"

untimely

adjective
1. early, premature, before time, unseasonable His mother's untimely death had a catastrophic effect on him.
early timely, seasonable
2. ill-timed, inappropriate, badly timed, inopportune, unfortunate, awkward, unsuitable, inconvenient, mistimed, inauspicious Your readers would have seen the article as at best untimely.
ill-timed appropriate, convenient, well-timed, opportune, welcome, suitable, fortunate, auspicious

untimely

adjective
1. Not occurring at a favorable time:
2. Not suitable for or characteristic of the season:
3. Developing, occurring, or appearing before the expected time:
Translations
předčasný
ennenaikainen

untimely

[ʌnˈtaɪmlɪ] ADJ (= premature) → prematuro; (= inopportune) → inoportuno

untimely

[ʌnˈtaɪmli] adj
(= ill-timed) [visit, arrival, interruption] → inopportun(e)
(= premature) [death] → prématuré(e)

untimely

adj (= premature) deathvorzeitig; end alsoverfrüht; (= inopportune) momentunpassend, ungelegen; development, occurrenceunpassend, ungelegen, zur falschen Zeit; shower, remarkzur falschen Zeit; visitungelegen; to come to or meet an untimely endein vorzeitiges Ende finden; his arrival was most untimelyseine Ankunft kam sehr ungelegen

untimely

[ʌnˈtaɪmlɪ] adj (death, end) → prematuro/a; (remark) → fuori luogo, inopportuno/a
to come to an untimely end (person) → morire prematuramente (project) → naufragare anzitempo
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Glistening sidewalks, with little pools of rain, here and there, along their unequal surface; umbrellas displayed ostentatiously in the shop-windows, as if the life of trade had concentrated itself in that one article; wet leaves of the, horse-chestnut or elm-trees, torn off untimely by the blast and scattered along the public way; an unsightly, accumulation of mud in the middle of the street, which perversely grew the more unclean for its long and laborious washing,--these were the more definable points of a very sombre picture.
Weight, solidity, firmness -- this was the expression of his repose, even in such decay as had crept untimely over him at the period of which I speak.
As in decapitating the whale, the operator's instrument is brought close to the spot where an entrance is subsequently forced into the spermaceti magazine; he has, therefore, to be uncommonly heedful, lest a careless, untimely stroke should invade the sanctuary and wastingly let out its invaluable contents.
would she drop one little tear upon his poor, lifeless form, would she heave one little sigh to see a bright young life so rudely blight- ed, so untimely cut down?
She was immediately buried, but had not been in her untimely grave but a few hours before she was taken up and examined by the cor- oner, who decided that she had come to her death by severe beating.
What made him seek this quarter of the house at an untimely season, when he should have been asleep in bed?
Was he the only passenger who came on board at that untimely hour?
Under the influence of this delusion, she dived into the coal-cellar at the most untimely hours, and scarcely ever opened the door of a dark cupboard without clapping it to again, in the belief that she had got him.
for well I know the obstinacy of thy disposition,) at least waste as little time as possible let not thy folly be lasting as well as untimely.
Some one will say: And are you not ashamed, Socrates, of a course of life which is likely to bring you to an untimely end?
There are times when the grave words of the Dhammapada fall like shadows along the path: "What is life but the flower or the fruit which falls when ripe, yet ever fears the untimely frost?
D'Artagnan, sire, the same who had so nearly rescued you when Colonel Harrison made his untimely entrance.