1) ADJ: usu ADJ n If you describe an event as untimely, you mean that it happened earlier than it should, or sooner than you expected.

His mother's untimely death had a catastrophic effect on him...

Her untimely return could spoil Miss Melville's entire programme for the evening.

2) ADJ You can describe something as untimely if it happens at an unsuitable time.

...an untimely visit from the milkman...

I am sure your readers would have seen the article as at best untimely.


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