verb (used with object), im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing.
verb (used without object), im·por·tuned, im·por·tun·ing.
- impose on,
- imposing stone
Origin of importune
Examples from the Web for importune
I beg, plead, implore, importune: Get some spokespeople out there for the cause who are just regular Americans.
Do not importune a gentleman to buy of you; and do not charge an extortionate price for a trifling article.Social Life|Maud C. Cooke
I fear to importune you by the length of this letter; but you will pardon me the liberty I take.The Correspondence of Madame, Princess Palatine, Mother of the Regent; of Marie-Adlade de Savoie, Duchesse de Bourgogne; and of Madame de Maintenon, in Relation to Saint-Cyr|Charlotte-Elisabeth, duchesse d Orlans; Marie Adelaide, of Savoy, Duchess of Burgundy; and Madame de Maintenon
Imagine, then, how strenuously they importune the saints who can do so much with so little exertion!King of Camargue|Jean Aicard
- to anger or annoy
- to force; impel
Word Origin for importune
1520s, back-formation from importunity, or else from Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari "to make oneself troublesome," from Latin importunus "unfit, troublesome," originally "having no harbor" (i.e. "difficult to access"), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + portus "harbor" (see port (n.1)). Related: Importuned; importuning. As an adjective from early 15c.