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Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw

There are 2 definitions of IMP in English:


Syllabification: imp


  • 1A mischievous child: a cheeky young imp
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    • 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’.
    rascal, monkey, devil, troublemaker, urchin
    informal scamp, brat, monster, horror, terror, tyke, whippersnapper, hellion, varmint, rapscallion
    archaic scapegrace
  • 1.1A small, mischievous devil or sprite.
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    • 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.
    hobgoblin, goblin, elf, sprite, pixie, brownie, fairy, puck; demon, little devil
    archaic bugbear


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  • Repair a damaged feather in (the wing or tail of a trained hawk) by attaching part of a new feather.


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).

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