importune


1im·por·tune

adjective \ˌim-pər-ˈtün, -ˈtyün; im-ˈpr-ˌ, -chən\

Definition of IMPORTUNE

im·por·tune·ly adverb

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

2importune

verb

: to ask (someone) for something or to do something in a repeated or annoying way

importunedimportun·ing

Full Definition of IMPORTUNE

transitive verb
1
a :  to press or urge with troublesome persistence
b archaic :  to request or beg for urgently
2
:  annoy, trouble
intransitive verb
:  to beg, urge, or solicit persistently or troublesomely
im·por·tun·er noun

Examples of IMPORTUNE

  1. He stood on the street corner, importuning passersby for help.
  2. He importuned them to help.

First Known Use of IMPORTUNE

1530

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