- The definition of an imp is a young demon or a child who misbehaves.
- An example of an imp is a very small mythical creature that plays tricks on people.
- An example of an imp is a five year old child who hides from their mother in a grocery store.
- Imp is defined as to implant, or add wings or feathers.
An example of imp is attaching feathers to the broken wing of a falcon.
- a shoot or graft
- a child; offspring
- a devil's offspring; young demon
- a mischievous child
Origin of impMiddle English impe ; from Old English impa ; from impian, to graft in, akin to Old High German impf?n ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form imputare (; from im-, in + putare, to prune), translated, translation of Classical Greek emphyteyein, to engraft ; from emphyta, scion ; from em-, in + phyton, growth: see -phyte
Origin of impME impen < OE impian
- a. importb. importedc. importer
- A mischievous child.
- A small demon.
- Obsolete A graft.
transitive verbimped, imp·ing, imps
- To graft (new feathers) onto the wing of a trained falcon or hawk to repair damage or increase flying capacity.
- To furnish with wings.
Origin of impMiddle English impe, scion, sprig, offspring, from Old English impa, young shoot, from impian, to graft, ultimately from Medieval Latin impotus, graft, from Greek emphutos, grafted, from emphuein, to implant : en-, in; see en–2 + phuein, to make grow; see bheu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
This is the customary abbreviation of this term as used in case citations. See, e.g., The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, Nineteenth Edition (2010), "Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations", Table T6, p. 430-431.
From Middle English impe, ympe, from Old English impa, impe (“an imp, scion, graft, shoot; young tree”), from Old English impian (“to imp, graft”), from Proto-Germanic *impōną, *impitōną (“to graft”) (> Old High German impfōn). Cognate with Danish ympe, German Impf, Swedish ymp.
(third-person singular simple present imps, present participle imping, simple past and past participle imped)
Old English impian, apparently ultimately from a Latin source. Cognate with German impfen.
imp - Computer Definition
(Interface Message Processor) The first router used in the ARPAnet. It was a Honeywell 516 minicomputer with special interfaces and software written by BBN.