- 1A small, mischievous devil or sprite.More example sentences
- You say, ‘I've never seen any imps, sprites or goblins in this whole neighborhood!’
- On Thursday night, we will all answer the door to find assorted little devils, imps and ghosts thrusting forward a bag half filled with processed sugar to the cry of ‘Trick or treat’.
- I looked at the tracks and saw that little goblins, imps, fairies, and sprites had been in my house.
- 1.1A mischievous child: a cheeky young impMore example sentences
rascal, scamp, monkey, fiend, demon, devil, mischief-maker, troublemaker, prankster, rogue, wretch, brat, urchin, whippersnapper, tearaway; minx, chitBritish • informal perisherIrish • informal spalpeen
- The latter turned into mischief night: ‘a night supposed by the imps of mischief (rough youths) to be, under some old law or tradition, theirs to do as they wish with’.
- The director steered clear of portraying him as a cheeky imp and wisely made him a nameless creep.
- Lucy was the youngest of five daughters and was described by her family as a ‘mischievous little imp with a cheeky smile’.
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Old English impa, impe 'young shoot, scion', impian 'to graft', based on Greek emphuein 'to implant'. In late Middle English, the noun denoted a descendant, especially of a noble family, and later a child of the devil or a person regarded as such; hence a ‘little devil’ or mischievous child (early 17th century).