Definitions for: Imp


[n] (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
[n] one who is playfully mischievous



Webster (1913) Definition: Imp, n. [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. A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft. [Obs.]
--Chaucer.

2. An offspring; progeny; child; scion. [Obs.]

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. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]


Imp, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Imped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Imping.] [AS. impian to imp, ingraft, plant; akin to Dan.
ympe, Sw. ympa, OHG. impf[=o]n, impit[=o]n, G. impfen. See
Imp, n.]
1. To graft; to insert as a scion. [Obs.] --Rom. of R.

2. (Falconry) To graft with new feathers, as a wing; to
splice a broken feather. Hence, Fig.: To repair; to
extend; to increase; to strengthen to equip. [Archaic]

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.

Synonyms: brownie, elf, gremlin, hob, monkey, pixie, pixy, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp

See Also: brat, child, faerie, faery, fairy, fry, holy terror, kid, leprechaun, little terror, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, sprite, terror, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster

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