Imp

Noun

  • (obsolete) A young shoot of a plant, tree etc. [9th–17th c.]
  • A mischievous child. [from 17th c.]
  • A young or inferior devil; a malevolent supernatural creature, similar to a demon but smaller and less powerful. [from 16th c.]
  • A baby Tasmanian devil.
  • (obsolete) A scion, offspring; a child. [15th–19th c.]
  • (Britain, dialect, obsolete) 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.

Verb

  • (obsolete) To plant or engraft.
  • To eke out, strengthen, enlarge.
  • (falconry) To engraft feathers into a bird's wing.

    ""For, if I imp my wing on Thine" – Herbert (1633)"

  • (archaic) To graft, implant; to set or fix.

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