imp

noun
\ ˈimp \

Definition of imp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 obsolete : shoot, bud also : graft
2a : a small demon : fiend
b : a mischievous child : urchin

imp

verb
imped; imping; imps

Definition of imp (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to graft or repair (a wing, tail, or feather) with a feather to improve a falcon's flying capacity
2 : to equip with wings

Definition of imp (Entry 3 of 3)

1 imperative
2 imperfect
3 imperial
4 import; imported

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Examples of imp in a Sentence

Noun

scooped up the little imp and took him to bed a story about a crumbling mansion infested with a brood of imps

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The imp accomplished this by making heat flow from a cold compartment to a hot one in apparent violation of the second law. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Penn State scientists build quantum version of Maxwell’s demon," 12 Sep. 2018 In addition to elves and dwarves and imps there are also trolls and munchkins and leprechauns and a million other short-statured mystical characters. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "From ‘The Simpsons’ to ‘Disenchantment’," 11 Aug. 2018 Expect plenty of imps, ogres, and trolls and the series rolls on. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Matt Groening's 'Disenchantment,' featuring Wayne's Abbi Jacobson, premieres on Netflix this summer," 23 May 2018 The Dada imp’s word games and visual pranks were busily bumping off Picasso as the primary influence on the ’60s American avant-garde. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Tony DeLap's hybrids of painting and sculpture are impossible objects," 16 Mar. 2018 These scampering imps are a distracting intrusion that shifts one’s attention away from the singers at crucial moments in the drama. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Splendid cast gives Gounod his due in muddled 'Faust' at Lyric Opera," 4 Mar. 2018 It’s #Oscars week but imp awards are already being given to legends. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters Accepts Distinguished Journalist Prize, Salutes Out-of-Box Editors From Her Past," 2 Mar. 2018 Encountering complacency that unrepentant was always a peculiar thrill, guaranteed to tickle my inner imp of the perverse. Tom Carson, Los Angeles Magazine, "From Aldi to Vons, How Grocery Stores Are Our Connection to L.A.—and Ourselves," 19 Feb. 2018 At 10 months, Mabel is a delicious imp, with the fair coloring of her mother and the gleeful expression of a hellion in training. Judith Newman, New York Times, "Recovery, Russell Brand Style," 16 Oct. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Imping, her father had called this sort of frenzied picking. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Herman Melville, Volume I," 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of imp

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for imp

Noun

Middle English impe, from Old English impa, from impian to imp

Verb

Middle English, from Old English impian to graft, from Vulgar Latin *imputare, from Late Latin impotus grafted shoot, from Greek emphytos implanted, from emphyein to implant, from em- en- entry 2 + phyein to bring forth — more at be

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imp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of imp

: a small creature that plays harmful tricks in children's stories

: a child who causes trouble in a playful way : a mischievous child

imp

noun
\ ˈimp \

Kids Definition of imp

1 : a small demon
2 : a mischievous child

IMP

noun
\ ˌī-ˌem-ˈpē \

Medical Definition of IMP

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