Definition of Imp

1. Noun. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous.

Exact synonyms: Brownie, Elf, Gremlin, Hob, Pixie, Pixy
Category relationships: Folklore
Generic synonyms: Faerie, Faery, Fairy, Fay, Sprite
Specialized synonyms: Leprechaun, Sandman

2. Noun. One who is playfully mischievous.
Exact synonyms: Monkey, Rapscallion, Rascal, Scalawag, Scallywag, Scamp
Generic synonyms: Child, Fry, Kid, Minor, Nestling, Nipper, Shaver, Small Fry, Tiddler, Tike, Tyke, Youngster
Specialized synonyms: Brat, Holy Terror, Little Terror, Terror
Derivative terms: Monkey, Rascally

Definition of Imp

1. n. A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft.

2. v. t. To graft; to insert as a scion.

Definition of Imp

1. Initialism. inosine monophosphate ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A young shoot of a plant, tree etc. (defdate 9th-17th c.) ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) A scion, offspring; a child. (defdate 15th-19th c.) ¹

4. Noun. A child of the Devil; a malevolent supernatural creature, similar to a demon but smaller and less powerful. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

5. Noun. A mischievous child. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (obsolete) To plant or engraft. ¹

7. Verb. (context: falconry) To engraft feathers into a bird's wing. ¹

8. Verb. To eke out, strengthen, enlarge. ¹

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Definition of Imp

1. to graft feathers onto a bird's wing [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Imp

1. 1. A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft. 2. An offspring; progeny; child; scion. "The tender imp was weaned." (Fairfax) 3. A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker. "To mingle in the clamorous fray Of squabbling imps." (Beattie) 4. 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. Origin: OE. Imp a graft, AS. Impa; akin to Dan. Ympe, Sw. Ymp, prob. Fr. LL. Impotus, Gr. Engrafted, innate, fr. To implant; in + to produce; akin to E. Be. See 1st In-, Be. 1. To graft; to insert as a scion. 2. To graft with new feathers, as a wing; to splice a broken feather. Hence, To repair; to extend; to increase; to strengthen to equip. "Imp out our drooping country's broken wing." (Shak) "Who lazily imp their wings with other men's plumes. Fuller. Here no frail Muse shall imp her crippled wing." (Holmes) "Help, ye tart satirists, to imp my rage With all the scorpions that should whip this age." (Cleveland) Origin: AS. Impian to imp, ingraft, plant; akin to Dan. Ympe, Sw. Ympa, OHG. Impfon, impiton, G. Impfen. See Imp. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Imp

imou pine
imp (current term)
imp dehydrogenase
impact crater
impact craters
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impact energy
impact fusion
impact printer
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impact resistance
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