- slightly wet; moist: damp weather; a damp towel.
- unenthusiastic; dejected; depressed: The welcoming committee gave them a rather damp reception.
- moisture; humidity; moist air: damp that goes through your warmest clothes.
- a noxious or stifling vapor or gas, especially in a mine.
- depression of spirits; dejection.
- a restraining or discouraging force or factor.
- to make damp; moisten.
- to check or retard the energy, action, etc., of; deaden; dampen: A series of failures damped her enthusiasm.
- to stifle or suffocate; extinguish: to damp a furnace.
- Acoustics, Music. to check or retard the action of (a vibrating string); dull; deaden.
- Physics. to cause a decrease in amplitude of (successive oscillations or waves).
- damp off, to undergo damping-off.
Origin of damp
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Examples from the Web for damp
With me tagging along, they dove into a rudimentary, damp shelter they had dug in a wood nearby.Shakeup In the Ukraine Rebel High Command
August 15, 2014
It insists on efficiency standards for household appliances so that your towels come out of the dryer refreshingly cool and damp.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
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April 27, 2014
The damp, gray Beaver State is attracting the most incoming movers of any other state, according to a new survey.Hold Up, Hipsters: Stop Obsessing Over Oregon
January 10, 2014
Outside a late-autumn storm was building and the air in the room was damp.In War, What Remains
January 7, 2014
The elevator descended with a draft," he writes, "chilling Ethel in all the damp spots.What the Leaked J.D. Salinger Stories Reveal About the Author
November 30, 2013
They were putting on outer clothes from the store-room to protect them from the dirt and damp.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Dick, vaguely conscious of damp and dirt, went up to his bedroom.
He passed his hand across his damp forehead, for he felt faint with dread.
The damp snow packed on Blondey's hoofs, so that he was walking on snowballs.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
In damp weather it is sometimes difficult to get the froth stiff.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
- slightly wet, as from dew, steam, etc
- archaic dejected
- slight wetness; moisture; humidity
- rank air or poisonous gas, esp in a mineSee also firedamp
- a discouragement; damper
- archaic dejection
- to make slightly wet
- (often foll by down) to stifle or deadento damp one's ardour
- (often foll by down) to reduce the flow of air to (a fire) to make it burn more slowly or to extinguish it
- physics to reduce the amplitude of (an oscillation or wave)
- music to muffle (the sound of an instrument)
Word Origin and History for damp
early 14c., "a noxious vapor," perhaps in Old English but there is no record of it. If not, probably from Middle Low German damp; ultimately in either case from Proto-Germanic *dampaz (cf. Old High German damph, German Dampf "vapor;" Old Norse dampi "dust"). Sense of "moisture, humidity" is first certainly attested 1706.
late 14c., "to suffocate," from damp (n.). Figurative meaning "to deaden (the spirits, etc.)" attested by 1540s. Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1670s. Related: Damped; damping.
1580s, "dazed," from damp (n.). Meaning "slightly wet" is from 1706. Related: Dampness.