Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mischievous child.
  • n. A small demon.
  • n. Obsolete A graft.
  • transitive v. To graft (new feathers) onto the wing of a trained falcon or hawk to repair damage or increase flying capacity.
  • transitive v. To furnish with wings.

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  • v. To plant or engraft.
  • v. To engraft feathers into a bird's wing.
  • v. To eke out, strengthen, enlarge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft.
  • n. An offspring; progeny; child; scion.
  • n. A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker.
  • n. Something added to, or united with, another, to lengthen it out or repair it, -- as, an addition to a beehive; a feather inserted in a broken wing of a bird; a length of twisted hair in a fishing line.
  • transitive v. To graft; to insert as a scion.
  • transitive v. To graft with new feathers, as a wing; to splice a broken feather.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A scion; shoot; graft; bud; slip.
  • n. A son; offspring; progeny.
  • n. A young or small devil.
  • n. A mischievous or pert child.
  • n. A spirit other than a devil.
  • n. Something added or united to another thing to repair or lengthen it out; particularly, a feather inserted in a broken wing of a bird. See imp, v. t., 2.
  • To graft.
  • To extend or enlarge by something inserted or added; extend or mend, as (in falconry) a broken or deficient wing by the insertion of a feather; qualify for flight or use; strengthen.
  • To rob.
  • n. The length of twisted hair in a fishing-line.
  • n. An abbreviation of the Latin Imperator, emperor;
  • n. of Imperatrix, empress.
  • n. An abbreviation of imperative;
  • n. of imperfect (tense);
  • n. of imperial;
  • n. of impersonal;
  • n. of the Latin imprimatur, let it be printed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. one who is playfully mischievous
  • n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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; see en-2 + phuein, to make grow; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.

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Old English impa ("graft"). Cognate with Danish ympe, German Impf, Swedish ymp.

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

Examples

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  • I'm off to imp my ride now.

    February 13, 2010

  • Fascinating definition, hh!

    February 13, 2010

  • In falconry, to graft new feathers onto the wing of a trained falcon or hawk to repair damage or to increase flying capacity.

    To furnish with wings.

    February 13, 2010

  • no mention of Poe's Imp of the Perverse?

    "I have said thus much, that in some measure I may your question -- that I may explain to you why I am here -- that I may assign to you something that shall have at least the faint aspect of a cause for my wearing these fetters, and for my tenanting this cell of the condemned. Had I not been thus prolix, you might either have misunderstood me altogether, or, with the rabble, have fancied me mad. As it is, you will easily perceive that I am one of the many uncounted victims of the Imp of the Perverse." First published in the 1845 July issue of Graham's Lady's And Gentleman's Magazine, and republished, in slightly revised form, in various of Poe's other collections in later years.

    November 16, 2009

  • in the sense of a graft

    January 27, 2007