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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ And yet, underneath that veneer of stoicism there lay a devious imp.
▪ He's dressing up as the Lincoln Imp; the original imp is a carving in Lincoln cathedral.
▪ Kappa, the amphibious river imp.
▪ Or I should say the wee imp ran into me.
▪ The imp of hell appeared on closer examination to be a neglected child.
▪ They leaped about in the form of imps, black baby devils.
▪ Yet a devil was loose somewhere, a restless imp had slipped into her and would not be harried or prayed out.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Imp \Imp\ ([i^]mp), 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.]

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

    The tender imp was weaned.

  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.

  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 \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.

    Who lazily imp their wings with other men's plumes.

    Here no frail Muse shall imp her crippled wing.

    Help, ye tart satirists, to imp my rage With all the scorpions that should whip this age.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English impe, impa "young shoot, graft," from impian "to graft," probably an early West Germanic borrowing from Vulgar Latin *imptus, from Late Latin impotus "implanted," from Greek emphytos, verbal adjective formed from emphyein "implant," from em- "in" + phyein "to plant" (see physic).\n

\nSense of "child, offspring" (late 14c.) came from transfer of word from plants to people, with notion of "newness" preserved. Modern meaning "little devil" (1580s) is from common use in pejorative phrases like imp of Satan.Suche appereth as aungelles, but in very dede they be ymps of serpentes. ["The Pilgrimage of Perfection," 1526]


n. 1 (context obsolete English) A young shoot of a plant, tree etc. (9th–17th c.) 2 (context obsolete English) A scion, offspring; a child. (15th–19th c.) 3 A young or inferior devil; a malevolent supernatural creature, similar to a demon but smaller and less powerful. (from 16th c.) 4 A mischievous child. (from 17th c.) 5 (context UK dialect obsolete English) Something added to, or united with, another, to lengthen it out or repair it, such as an addition to a beehive; a feather inserted in a broken wing of a bird; or a length of twisted hair in a fishing line. 6 (rfv-sense) A baby Tasmanian devil. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To plant or engraft. 2 (context archaic English) To graft, implant; to set or fix. 3 (context falconry English) To engraft feathers into a bird's wing. 4 To eke out, strengthen, enlarge.

  1. n. (folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous [syn: elf, hob, gremlin, pixie, pixy, brownie]

  2. one who is playfully mischievous [syn: scamp, monkey, rascal, rapscallion, scalawag, scallywag]


Imp is a fantasy creature.

IMP or imp may also refer to:

  • Interactive Mathematics Program, a Key Curriculum Press Interactive Math program
  • Isle of Man pound, or Manx pound
  • Imp (horse), American Champion Thoroughbred racehorse
  • " Imping" in falconry is mending broken flight feathers
  • Hillman Imp, a British car of the 1960s-1970s
  • Nickname of Subaru Impreza, a Japanese car
  • Injection Molded Plastic, see Injection Molding
  • Latin abbreviation used on British coins up to 1947, such as the British two shilling coin
  • Individual Meal Pack, a ration used by the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Integrated Master Plan, a part of project planning
  • Internal Market Program, a.k.a. Single Market
  • 'Thiokol 1404 IMP', a 1970s snowcat made by Thiokol
Imp (horse)

Imp (1894–1909) was a pure black Thoroughbred racing filly with a white, diamond-shaped star between her eyes. She was sired by Wagner (GB) out of Foundling (by Fonso) and was foaled on March 5, 1894. Owned and bred by Daniel R. Harness of Chillicothe, Ohio, and trained by both Charles E. Brossman and Peter Wimmer (when she was seven), Imp's male line of descent was the great Eclipse. Imp, nicknamed "My Coal Black Lady" after a popular song of the day, was a bit of a homely-looking thing, the daughter of parents who each raced only once. Her sire won the Wilton Park Stakes in England but her dam was injured in her only start.

Imp (Dungeons & Dragons)

In the Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game, an imp is a devilish creature based on the imps from folklore.

IMP (programming language)

IMP was a systems programming language developed by E. T. Irons in the late 1960s through early 1970s. Unlike most other systems programming languages, IMP was an extensible syntax programming language.

Even though its designer refers to the language as "being based on ALGOL", IMP excludes many defining features of that language, while supporting a very non-ALGOL-like one: syntax extensibility.

A compiler for IMP existed as early as 1965 and was used for programming the CDC 6600 time-sharing system, which was in use at the Institute for Defense Analyses since 1967. Although the compiler is slower than comparable ones for non-extensible languages, it has been used for practical production work.

IMP compilers were developed for the CDC-6600, Cray, PDP-10 and PDP-11 computers. Important IMP versions were IMP65, IMP70, and IMP72.

IMP (TV series)

IMP Is a 3D animated comedy created by Andy Fielding which takes place in the lair of the devil and its surroundings. Bad but fun, small but lovely, Imp tries to fill the world of evil but do not know how.

Some of his characters are his brother Bob, the less intelligent and Philippe Bertrand, Lumen his nemesis, rival Cat-Thing and Big Boss (the devil himself). The Imp was developed in black and white with a minimalist design.

The series was created by the Production house, Red Kite Animations, developed with Screen 21 and distributed by BRB Internacional. Was supported by TVC and consists of 65 episodes of 90 seconds each. Imp has been issued in major chains from different countries like Cartoon Network, Disney Channel Japan, TVC and Antena 3 in Spain.

Shorts featuring IMP were originally featured on Cartoon Network's Sunday Pants

Voiced by Stephen Mangan (The Imp) and Julian Rhind-Tutt (Bob) from the UK TV series Green Wing.

Usage examples of "imp".

CHAPTER XLIX LAETITIA AND SIR WILLOUGHBY We cannot be abettors of the tribes of imps whose revelry is in the frailties of our poor human constitution.

Wilt thou abide here by Walter thyself alone, and let me bring the imp of Upmeads home to our house?

Elizabeth, however, saw it clearly, and when Blanche unhooked one of the larger crosses from the necklace she wore, the child was able to point out where the imp was so that Blanche could beat at the bed curtain where it was trying to hide with the iron cross.

Sam must have run into that shiftless clairvoyant imp that resided down there in her mind and gotten distracted, she decided, or to give him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he was just cautious.

IMP helpful in it either to his search for Dinah or her own search for knowledge of her past.

The key will shriek in the lock, The door will rustily hinge, Will open on features of mould, To vanish corrupt at a glimpse, And mock as the wild echoes mock, Soulless in mimic, doth Greed Or the passion for fruitage tinge That dream, for your parricide imps To wing through the body of Time, Yourselves in slaying him slay.

Aahz and Frumple, and even the Imps, had referred to this phenomenon, I had never actually sat back and tried to envision it.

The elemental who watched the chamber signaled Pasgen, who Gated to the hidden entrance and released the imp.

Isobel Gowdie belonged, to shoot Harie Forbes, the minister of Auldearne, with elf arrows, shaped by the devil, and sharpened by his imps.

When the first Portfolio was opened the coin of the realm bore for its legend,--or might have borne if the more devout hero-worshippers could have had their way,--Andreas Jackson, Populi Gratia, Imp.

The pounding of the tribes, like corn between the grinding stones of the imp is Once Inkunzi had proved his worth and established his place high in the hierarchy of the band, he joined quite naturally in the indabas around the campfire.

Some ridiculous imp inside her mind wanted to giggle, sitting back and beholding her in more terror of a slanging-match with the boatman, over fifty lire, than of a final fight to the death with Monfalcone over twelve diamonds and an obscure principle.

Bob had been probably lumper or messenger, or one of a legion of imps and devils, in one place, and super, or possibly call boy, in another.

One grey cold morning like any other, he returned to his cell from the refectory and found two of the strange, megacephalic imps waiting for him.

He composed himself with the utmost decorum and strode on behind the megacephalic imps.