Definition of imp:
- A shoot; a scion; a bud; a slip; a graft.
- A young or inferior devil; a little, malignant spirit; a puny demon; a contemptible evil worker.
- An offspring; progeny; child; scion.
- 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.
- 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.
- To graft; to insert as a scion.
- evil spirit (part of speech: noun)
It happened one evening, when the Prince had gone to bed, and put out the candles, and all were at rest and in their first sleep, that he heard the sound of some one stealing through the house, and coming cautiously towards his bed; whereat he thought it must be some chamber- boy coming to lighten his purse for him, or some mischievous imp to pull the bed- clothes off him.- "Stories from Pentamerone", Giambattista Basile.
- "Just Patty", Jean Webster.
- "Promenades of an Impressionist", James Huneker.