Origin of importune
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French importun, from Latin importunus, from in- + -portunus (as in opportunus fit) — more at opportune
First Known Use: 15th century
Simple Definition of importune
: to ask (someone) for something or to do something in a repeated or annoying way
Examples of importune
He stood on the street corner, importuning passersby for help.
He importuned them to help.
First Known Use of importune
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