I. adverb Date: before 12th century 1. archaic early, soon 2. in time ; opportunely <
the question was not…timely raised in the state court — W. O. Douglas
II. adjective (timelier; -est) Date: 13th century 1. coming early or at the right time <
a timely decision
timely payment
2. appropriate or adapted to the times or the occasion <
a timely book
timeliness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • timely — time·ly / tīm lē/ adj: falling within a prescribed or reasonable time timely notice time·li·ness n timely adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • timely — [tīm′lē] adj. timelier, timeliest [ME tymeli < OE timlice: see TIME & LY1] 1. happening, done, said, etc. at a suitable time; well timed; opportune 2. Now Rare appearing in good time; early adv. 1 …   English World dictionary

  • Timely — Time ly (t[imac]m l[=e]), a. [Compar. {Timelier} (t[imac]m l[=e]*[ e]r); superl. {Timeliest}.] 1. Being or occurring in good time; sufficiently early; seasonable. The timely dew of sleep. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Keeping time or measure. Spenser …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Timely — Time ly, adv. Early; soon; in good season. [1913 Webster] Timely advised, the coming evil shun. Prior. [1913 Webster] Thanks to you, That called me timelier than my purpose hither, For I have gained by it. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • timely — late O.E. (adv.), from TIME (Cf. time) (n.). As an adj. meaning occurring at a suitable time it is attested from c.1200 …   Etymology dictionary

  • timely — *well timed, opportune, *seasonable, pat Analogous words: appropriate, fitting, meet, proper, suitable (see FIT): fortunate, *lucky, happy, providential Antonyms: untimely …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • timely — [adj] at the right time appropriate, auspicious, convenient, favorable, fit, fitting, in good time*, in the nick of time*, judicious, likely, meet, modern, now, opportune, pat, promising, prompt, proper, propitious, prosperous, punctual,… …   New thesaurus

  • timely — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ done or occurring at a favourable or appropriate time. DERIVATIVES timeliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • timely — time|ly [ˈtaımli] adj done or happening at exactly the right time ▪ The fight ended only with the timely arrival of the police. in a timely manner/fashion (=as quickly as is reasonable in a particular situation) ▪ We aim to settle all valid… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • timely — UK [ˈtaɪmlɪ] / US adjective Word forms timely : adjective timely comparative timelier superlative timeliest happening at the most suitable time Thanks to the UN s timely intervention, a crisis was avoided. in (a) timely manner/fashion: In timely… …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”