adjective, time·li·er, time·li·est.

  1. occurring at a suitable time; seasonable; opportune; well-timed: a timely warning.
  2. Archaic. early.


  1. seasonably; opportunely.
  2. Archaic. early or soon.

adjective, adverb -lier or -liest

  1. at the right or an opportune or appropriate time
  2. an archaic word for early

adv.late Old English, from time (n.). As an adjective meaning “occurring at a suitable time” it is attested from c.1200.

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