importuner

importune

[im-pawr-toon, -tyoon, im-pawr-chuhn]
verb (used with object), importuned, importuning.
1.
to press or beset with solicitations; demand with urgency or persistence.
2.
to make improper advances toward (a person).
3.
to beg for (something) urgently or persistently.
4.
Obsolete. to annoy.
5.
Obsolete. to press; impel.
verb (used without object), importuned, importuning.
6.
to make urgent or persistent solicitations.
7.
to make improper advances toward another person.
adjective

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English (adj.) < Latin importūnus unsuitable, troublesome, relentless; see im-2, opportune

importunely, adverb
importuner, noun
unimportuned, adjective


1, 3. beseech, entreat, implore, supplicate, solicit. 6. plead.
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importune (ɪmˈpɔːtjuːn)
 
vb
1.  to harass with persistent requests; demand of (someone) insistently
2.  to beg for persistently; request with insistence
3.  obsolete
 a.  to anger or annoy
 b.  to force; impel
 
[C16: from Latin importūnus tiresome, from im-in-1 + -portūnus as in opportūnusopportune]
 
im'portuner
 
n
 
impor'tunity
 
n
 
im'portunacy
 
n

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importune
early 15c., from M.Fr. importuner, from M.L. importunari "to make oneself troublesome," from L. importunus "unfit, troublesome," originally "having no harbor" (i.e. "difficult to access"), from in- "not" + portus "harbor" (see port).
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