Imp definition

ĭmp
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A devil's offspring; young demon.
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A mischievous child.
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A small demon.
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To graft (new feathers) onto the wing of a trained falcon or hawk to repair damage or increase flying capacity.
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To furnish with wings.
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Imperial.
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Imprimatur.
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Import.
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Imported.
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Importer.
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A mischievous child.
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A shoot or graft.
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A child; offspring.
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(falconry) To repair (the wing or tail of a falcon) by grafting on (feathers)
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Imperfect.
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Imperial.
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Impersonal.
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Import.
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Importer.
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Imprimatur.
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To graft new feathers onto the wing of a trained falcon or hawk to repair damage or increase flying capacity.
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(Interface Message Processor) The first router used in the ARPAnet. It was a Honeywell 516 minicomputer with special interfaces and software written by BBN.
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See IMPP and SIMPLE.
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(law) Abbreviation of import.
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(law) Abbreviation of importer.
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(law) Abbreviation of importation.
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Fairfax.

The tender imp was weaned.

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A young or inferior devil; a malevolent supernatural creature, similar to a demon but smaller and less powerful. [from 16th c.]
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A mischievous child. [from 17th c.]
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(archaic) To graft, implant; to set or fix.
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(falconry) To engraft feathers into a bird's wing.

"For, if I imp my wing on Thine" – Herbert (1633)

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To eke out, strengthen, enlarge.
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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.

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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.

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(obsolete) A graft.
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Imperative.
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Imperfect.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
imp
Plural:
imps

Origin of imp

  • Middle 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 en–2 phuein to make grow bheuə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English impian, apparently ultimately from a Latin source. Cognate with German impfen.

    From Wiktionary