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Definitions of imp

  1. (falconry) To mend a broken or defective wing by inserting a feather: to qualify for flight. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  2. To graft; to extend or repair by something inserted or added; to strengthen. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  3. To graft; to lengthen or extend. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  4. An offspring; progeny; child; scion. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To graft; to insert as a scion. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A young or inferior devil; a part or mischievous child. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Little devil or wicked spirit. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. A little devil; evil spirit. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. An imaginary evil spirit of inferior rank. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A little devil or mischievous sprite; an addition. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. A scion; a shoot; a child; generally in a bad sense, as an imp of hell; a little devil. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for imp

  1. You could take the imp with you." – The Cricket by Marjorie Cooke
  2. " The little imp won't say where he picked up this notion of his about the dead body," continued the captain. – The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins Last Updated: January 3, 2009
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