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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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

  • 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. 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.
  • 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


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)
Old English impa ("graft"). Cognate with Danish ympe, German Impf, Swedish ymp. (Wiktionary)
Old English impian, apparently ultimately from a Latin source. Cognate with German impfen. (Wiktionary)



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