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imp

[imp] /ɪmp/
noun
1.
a little devil or demon; an evil spirit.
2.
a mischievous child.
3.
Archaic. a scion or offshoot of a plant or tree.
4.
Archaic. an offspring.
verb (used with object)
5.
Falconry.
  1. to graft (feathers) into a wing.
  2. to furnish (a wing, tail, etc.) with feathers, as to make good losses or deficiencies and improve powers of flight.
6.
Archaic. to add a piece to; mend or repair.
Origin of imp
900
before 900; (noun) Middle English impe, Old English impa, impe shoot, graft < Late Latin impotus, imputus grafted shoot < Greek émphytos planted, implanted, verbal adjective of emphŷein to implant (em- em-2 + phŷein to bring forth); (v.) Middle English impen to plant, graft, Old English impian, geimpian, derivative of the noun (compare Old High German impfōn, impitōn > German impfen to inoculate); sense “demon” < phrase imp of the devil
Synonyms
2. scamp, rascal, brat, devil.

IMP

1.
International Match Point.

imp.1

1.
in the first place.
Origin
From the Latin word imprīmīs

imp.2

2.
3.
5.
6.
7.
8.
imported.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
improved.

Imp.1

1.
Origin
From the Latin word Imperātor

Imp.2

1.
Origin
From the Latin word Imperātrīx
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Examples from the Web for imp
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  • Cars, costumes, banners and decorations were all designed by this imp of ten.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • With the genitive to be supplied: brec þonne mste, 1488; imp.

    Beowulf Unknown
  • "I'm very superstitious; I am sure it was an imp," Miss Sherwood said.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • An imp or a very large chameleon; she was exactly the color of the road.

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • I put my own childhood into this imp, into him my first feelings toward this place.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Where had he been a year ago, this imp who had fervently crossed himself?

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • That imp from Italy looking down—into something immense and dark and unknown.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • I advised her to leave it, and begin, for the imp was patiently waiting her turn.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • He was bred by Mr. Samuel Stratton; dropped December 13, 1878; got by imp.

British Dictionary definitions for imp

imp

/ɪmp/
noun
1.
a small demon or devil; mischievous sprite
2.
a mischievous child
verb
3.
(transitive) (falconry) to insert (new feathers) into the stumps of broken feathers in order to repair the wing of a hawk or falcon
Word Origin
Old English impa bud, graft, hence offspring, child, from impian to graft, ultimately from Greek emphutos implanted, from emphuein to implant, from phuein to plant

imp.

abbreviation
1.
imperative
2.
imperfect
3.
imperial
4.
imprimatur

Imp.

abbreviation
1.
Imperator
2.
Imperatrix
3.
Imperial
Word Origin
(for sense 1) Latin: Emperor; (for sense 2) Latin: Empress
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Word Origin and History for imp
n.

Old English impe, impa "young shoot, graft," from impian "to graft," probably an early West Germanic borrowing from Vulgar Latin *imptus, from Late Latin impotus "implanted," from Greek emphytos, verbal adjective formed from emphyein "implant," from em- "in" + phyein "to plant" (see physic).

Sense of "child, offspring" (late 14c.) came from transfer of word from plants to people, with notion of "newness" preserved. Modern meaning "little devil" (1580s) is from common use in pejorative phrases like imp of Satan.

Suche appereth as aungelles, but in very dede they be ymps of serpentes. ["The Pilgrimage of Perfection," 1526]

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