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.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. An offspring; progeny; child; scion. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The tender imp was weaned. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

3. A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker. [1913 Webster]

To mingle in the clamorous fray Of squabbling imps. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]

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.] [1913 Webster]

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