verb (used with object)
- to graft (feathers) into a wing.
- to furnish (a wing, tail, etc.) with feathers, as to make good losses or deficiencies and improve powers of flight.
Origin of imp
Synonyms for imp
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Related Words for imptroll, gremlin, minx, devil, brat, puck, elf, rascal, tyke, pixie, villain, rogue, scamp, hellion, fiend, demon, urchin, gnome, sprite, gamin
Examples from the Web for imp
Contemporary Examples of imp
Imp, The: The nickname given to Tywin Lannister's youngest son, a dwarf named Tyrion (Peter Dinklage).Game of Thrones for Dummies
April 13, 2011
Historical Examples of imp
Cars, costumes, banners and decorations were all designed by this imp of ten.In the Heart of Vosges
With the genitive to be supplied: brec þonne mste, 1488; imp.Beowulf
"I'm very superstitious; I am sure it was an imp," Miss Sherwood said.
An imp or a very large chameleon; she was exactly the color of the road.
I put my own childhood into this imp, into him my first feelings toward this place.The Harbor
Word Origin for imp
Word Origin for Imp.
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]