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noun

a little devil or demon; an evil spirit.
a mischievous child.
Archaic. a scion or offshoot of a plant or tree.
Archaic. an offspring.

verb (used with object)

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.
Archaic. to add a piece to; mend or repair.

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Origin of imp

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

Definition for imp (2 of 6)

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Definition for imp (3 of 6)

imp.1

abbreviation

in the first place.

Origin of imp.

1
From the Latin word imprīmīs

Definition for imp (4 of 6)

imp.2

abbreviation

Definition for imp (5 of 6)

Imp.1

abbreviation

Emperor.

Origin of Imp.

1
From the Latin word Imperātor

Definition for imp (6 of 6)

Imp.2

abbreviation

Empress.

Origin of Imp.

2
From the Latin word Imperātrīx
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British Dictionary definitions for imp (1 of 3)

imp
/ (ɪmp) /

noun

a small demon or devil; mischievous sprite
a mischievous child

verb

(tr) falconry to insert (new feathers) into the stumps of broken feathers in order to repair the wing of a hawk or falcon

Word Origin for imp

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

British Dictionary definitions for imp (2 of 3)

imp.

abbreviation for

imperative
imperfect
imperial
imprimatur

British Dictionary definitions for imp (3 of 3)

Imp.

abbreviation for

Imperator
Imperatrix
Imperial

Word Origin for Imp.

(for sense 1) Latin: Emperor; (for sense 2) Latin: Empress
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