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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)
- 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.
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
Other definitions for imp (2 of 6)
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Other definitions for imp (3 of 6)
in the first place.
Origin of imp.1
From the Latin word imprīmīs
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Origin of Imp.1
From the Latin word Imperātor
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Origin of Imp.2
From the Latin word Imperātrīx
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How to use imp in a sentence
If there has been a broken feather, the damaged hawk must be imped.
I have joined the wing, father, and I have imped the feathers; but I fear it will be Christmas ere she can fly again.Sir Nigel|Arthur Conan Doyle
This is when the broken feather is to be imped merely for the purpose of the moult.
Whenever this is the case, the broken part should be cut neatly off and the feather imped.
When only the tip of a wing feather is gone it would of course be only for the sake of appearances that it would be imped.
British Dictionary definitions for imp (1 of 3)
/ (ɪmp) /
a small demon or devil; mischievous sprite
a mischievous child
(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)
British Dictionary definitions for imp (3 of 3)
Word Origin for Imp.
(for sense 1) Latin: Emperor; (for sense 2) Latin: Empress
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