American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly.
- v. Archaic To ask for urgently or repeatedly.
- v. To annoy; vex.
- v. To plead or urge irksomely, often persistently. See Synonyms at beg.
- adj. Importunate.
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.
- 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. obsolete Grievous, severe, exacting.
- adj. obsolete inopportune; unseasonable
- adj. obsolete troublesome; vexatious; persistent
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. obsolete Inopportune; unseasonable.
- adj. obsolete Troublesome; vexatious; persistent; urgent; hence, vexatious on account of untimely urgency or pertinacious solicitation.
- v. To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry.
- v. obsolete To import; to signify.
- v. obsolete To require; to demand.
- v. beg persistently and urgently
- From Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari ("to make oneself troublesome"), from Latin importunus ("unfit, troublesome"), originally "having no harbor" (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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“They simply want to scream racism and blather about the civil rights of non-citizens and see the law as an opportunity to importune for their point of view.”
“Michelle Dulak Thomson: If it is “rude” and “insensitive” to importune people at the entrances and exits of buildings they really need to get into/out of, I have a serious beef with the local Girl Scouts.”
“If it is “rude” and “insensitive” to importune people at the entrances and exits of buildings they really need to get into/out of, I have a serious beef with the local Girl Scouts.”
“Usually, it is the girls who voluntarily provide service and even actively importune the customers.”
“Now I need to send these out to people I mean to importune for blurbs ...”
“Around the time ofLast Tango'srelease, waitstaff in restaurants began to importune customers by announcing their first names — the waitstaff's, that is, not the patrons.”
“ Someone must hold our table while I importune the insensitive clods who look over the shoulders of their chattering wives to see the scores of silly Boston "Bruins" and "Celtics".”
“Rachel has written to Harriet but it will take so long before she can receive information from there that I must importune you again my love to --- our anxiety and in doing so I feel reluctance because I know your heart is so tenderly interested that it must experience pain from the idea of the --- danger.”
““Twelve dollars per fish,” I importune, following him into his warehouse.”
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