PRONUNCIATION: (im-pawr-TOON, im-pawr-TYOON, im-PAWR-chuhn)

1. What the Beatles did
2. To ask someone, repeatedly or annoyingly, to do something.

From Latin importunus, from in- (not) + portus (port, refuge). Ultimately from the Indo-European root per- (to lead, pass over), which also gave us support, comport, petroleum, sport, passport, petrify, colporteur (a peddler of religious books), Swedish fartlek (a training technique), Norwegian fjord (bay), and Sanskrit parvat (mountain). Earliest documented use: 1530.


IMPOORTUNE - "All That Gold," from Amahl and the Night Visitors ( this is as close as I could get to the song, on short notice)