Hypertext Webster Gateway: "imp"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Imp \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-},
1. A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft. [Obs.]

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.

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.]

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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. --Shak.

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. --Cleveland.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: (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}]

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