from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly.
- transitive v. Archaic To ask for urgently or repeatedly.
- transitive v. To annoy; vex.
- intransitive v. To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently. See Synonyms at beg.
- adj. Importunate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bother, trouble, irritate.
- v. To harass with persistent requests.
- v. To approach to offer one's services as a prostitute, or otherwise make improper proposals.
- adj. Grievous, severe, exacting.
- adj. inopportune; unseasonable
- adj. troublesome; vexatious; persistent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Inopportune; unseasonable.
- adj. Troublesome; vexatious; persistent; urgent; hence, vexatious on account of untimely urgency or pertinacious solicitation.
- transitive v. To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry.
- transitive v. To import; to signify.
- intransitive v. To require; to demand.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Unseasonable; inopportune; untimely.
- n. An importunate person; one offensively persistent.
- To press or harass with solicitation; ply or beset with unremitting petitions or demands; crave or require persistently.
- To crave or require persistently; beg for urgently.
- To annoy; irritate; molest.
- [A false use, by confusion with import.] To import; signify; mean.
- Synonyms Request, Beg, Tease (see ask); appeal to, plead with, beset, urge, plague, worry, press, dun.
- To make requests or demands urgently and persistently.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. beg persistently and urgently
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.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari ("to make oneself troublesome"), from Latin importunus ("unfit, troublesome"), originally "having no harbor" (Wiktionary)