from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Troublesomely urgent or persistent in requesting; pressingly entreating: an importunate job seeker.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of a demand: persistent or pressing, often annoyingly so.
  • adj. Of a person: given to importunate demands, selfishly or thoughtlessly demanding.
  • v. To importune, or to obtain by importunity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Troublesomely urgent; unreasonably solicitous; overpressing in request or demand; urgent; teasing.
  • adj. Hard to be borne; unendurable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Troublesomely solicitous or pressing; vexatiously persistent; pertinacious.
  • Troublesome; vexatious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressing earnest entreaty


From Latin importune +‎ -ate (Wiktionary)
From French importuner ("to bother, disturb") (Wiktionary)



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  • she now dreaded
    each night the importunate mauve-capped swollen member.

    - Peter Reading, Carte Postale, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008

  • "expressing earnest entreaty"

    -an alliterative definition

    November 15, 2007