- 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
- Obs. to trouble; annoy
Origin of importuneFrench importuner ; from the adjective
Origin of importuneME < OFr importun < L importunus, unsuitable, troublesome < in-, not + (op) < portunus: see opportune
verbim·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing, im·por·tunes
- To make an earnest request of (someone), especially insistently or repeatedly: “A dozen reporters importuned every passing ambassador to speak to them” (Felicity Barringer).
- Archaic a. To ask for (something) urgently or repeatedly.b. To annoy; vex.
Origin of importuneFrench importuner, from Old French importun, inopportune, from Latin importūnus : in-, not; see in–1 + portus, port, refuge; see per-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present importunes, present participle importuning, simple past and past participle importuned)
(comparative more importune, superlative most importune)
- Francis Bacon
- Of all other affections it [envy] is the most importune and continual.