American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A mischievous child.
- n. A small demon.
- n. Obsolete A graft.
- v. To graft (new feathers) onto the wing of a trained falcon or hawk to repair damage or increase flying capacity.
- v. To furnish with wings.
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. Synonyms Sprite, hobgoblin.
- 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.
- v. obsolete To plant or engraft.
- v. falconry To engraft feathers into a bird's wing.
- v. To eke out, strengthen, enlarge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft.
- n. obsolete An offspring; progeny; child; scion.
- n. A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker.
- n. Obs. or Prov. Eng. 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.
- v. obsolete To graft; to insert as a scion.
- v. (Falconry), figurative, Archaic, figurative, Archaic, Archaic To graft with new feathers, as a wing; to splice a broken feather. To repair; to extend; to increase; to strengthen; to equip.
- n. one who is playfully mischievous
- n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
- Old English impa ("graft"). Cognate with Danish ympe, German Impf, Swedish ymp. (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Death cuts off a good man, as a choice imp is cut off to be grafted in a better stock; but it cuts off a wicked man, as a withered branch is cut off for the fire-cuts him off from this world, which he set his heart so much upon, and was, as it were, one with.”
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“The imp is a slim and elegant creature, but oh, how small!”
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