Persistent undergraduate

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français - France
Does the word "persistent" in chapter 3 of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald mean "limpet-like" or "obnoxious"?

There were three married couples and Jordan’s escort, a persistent undergraduate given to violent innuendo and obviously under the impression that sooner or later Jordan was going to yield him up her person to a greater or lesser degree.

Thank You.
  • lucas-sp

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    English - Californian
    "limpet-like" or "obnoxious"
    I don't think either one of those are definitions of "persistent." A persistent person is someone who keeps trying to do the same thing over and over; here the undergraduate is "persistent" in that he is constantly trying to get Jordan to have sex with him ("yield him up her person").

    That would probably be obnoxious after a certain point. But that's not the meaning of "persistent."
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