Many of the words that come into my inbox I already know. Some I have never heard of before. And then there are those that I THOUGHT I knew, but when I read the definition, realize that I didn’t. This is one of those words- it rhymes with “unfortunate”- I probably have always thought it meant that or something like it. Being the mother of four children, this is a wonderful word!

importunate \im-POR-chuh-nit\, adjective:

Troublesomely urgent; overly persistent in request or demand; unreasonably solicitous.

An emperor penguin in captivity starved to death by feeding all his rations — about six pounds of fish daily — to an importunate chick.
— Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson,The Emperor’s Embrace