- At an inopportune time.
- Early; premature.
- Synonyms: early, premature; see also Thesaurus:premature
- Antonyms: late, tardy; see also Thesaurus:overdue
- an untimely death
- c. 1779–81, Samuel Johnson, “Savage”, in The Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, volume 3, published 1794:
- The heroes of literary as well as civil history have been very often no less remarkable for what they have suffered, than for what they have atchieved[sic]; and volumes have been written only to enumerate the miseries of the learned, and relate their unhappy lives, and untimely deaths.
taking place at an inopportune time
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- c. 1606 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene viii], page 151:
- Tell thee, Macduffe was from his Mothers womb / Untimely ript.