Definitions for impɪmp

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

impɪmp(n.)

  1. a small devil or demon.

    Category: Mythology

  2. a mischievous child.

  3. Obs. a scion or offshoot of a plant or tree.

  4. (v.t.)to repair or graft (a falcon's wing, tail, or feather) so as to improve powers of flight.

    Category: Sport

Origin of imp:

bef. 900; ME impe, OE impa, impe shoot, graft < LL impotus, imputus grafted shoot < Gk émphytos planted

imp.

  1. imperative.

    Category: Grammar

  2. imperfect.

    Category: Grammar

  3. imperial.

  4. import.

  5. imprint.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. elf, hob, gremlin, pixie, pixy, brownie, imp(noun)

    (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous

  2. imp, scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag(noun)

    one who is playfully mischievous

Webster Dictionary

  1. Imp(noun)

    a shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft

  2. Imp(noun)

    an offspring; progeny; child; scion

  3. Imp(noun)

    a young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker

  4. Imp(noun)

    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

  5. Imp(noun)

    to graft; to insert as a scion

  6. Imp(noun)

    to graft with new feathers, as a wing; to splice a broken feather. Hence, Fig.: To repair; to extend; to increase; to strengthen to equip

Freebase

  1. Imp

    An imp is a mythological being similar to a fairy or demon, frequently described in folklore and superstition. The word may perhaps derive from the term ympe, used to denote a young grafted tree.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

imp(noun)

a small devil or wicked spirit.

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