Too poor to pay, and too proud to importune, the lonely-hearted Hannah could not attain her elusive orgasm by means other than her own hands.

Verb (Transitive)

  1. To request or solicit, with urgency; to press with frequent, unreasonable, or troublesome application or pertinacity; hence, to tease; to irritate; to worry.
  2. Obsolete: To import; to signify.

Verb (Intransitive)

  1. Obsolete: To require; to demand.


  1. Obsolete: Inopportune; unseasonable.
  2. Obsolete: Troublesome; vexatious; persistent; urgent; hence, vexatious on account of untimely urgency or perinacious solicitation.


  • /ɪmpɔɹˈtuːn/
  • /ɪmpɔːˈtjuːn/
  • /ɪmˈpɔːtjuːn/


From Middle French importuner, from Medieval Latin importunari (“to make oneself troublesome”), from Latin importunus (“unfit, troublesome”), originally “having no harbor”.

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Modern Language Association (MLA Style)

“Importune.” The Effin’ Word, The Effin’ Word, Accessed 4 June 2023.

The Effin’ Word, s.v. “importune”, accessed June 4, 2023,

The Effin’ Word. (n.d.). Importune. In The Effin’ Word. Retrieved June 4, 2023, from

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