- The definition of importune is requests that are urgent and often.
An example of importune used as an adjective is importune barking, the begging of a dog to go outside.
- To importune is defined as to ask for something over and over.
An example of to importune is to beg someone for money.
- to trouble with requests or demands; urge or entreat persistently or repeatedly
- Archaic to ask for urgently; demand
- to trouble; annoy
- to impel
Origin: Fr importuner from the adjective
Origin: ME < OFr importun < L importunus, unsuitable, troublesome < in-, not + (op) < portunus: see opportune
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verb im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing, im·por·tunes verb, transitive
- To beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly.
- Archaic To ask for urgently or repeatedly.
- To annoy; vex.
Origin: French importuner, from Old French importun, inopportune, from Latin importūnus : in-, not; see in-1 + portus, port, refuge; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
- imˌpor·tuneˈly adverb
- imˌpor·tunˈer noun