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Origin of damp

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English (in sense of def. 5 ); compare Middle Dutch damp, Middle High German dampf “vapor, smoke”

synonym study for damp

1. Damp, humid, moist mean slightly wet. Damp usually implies slight and extraneous wetness, generally undesirable or unpleasant unless the result of intention: a damp cellar; to put a damp cloth on a patient's forehead. Humid is applied to unpleasant dampness in the air: The air is oppressively humid today. Moist denotes something that is slightly wet, naturally or properly: moist ground; moist leather.

OTHER WORDS FROM damp

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH damp

1. damp , humid, moist (see synonym study at the current entry)2. damp , dampen
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How to use damp in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for damp

damp
/ (dæmp) /

adjective
slightly wet, as from dew, steam, etc
archaic dejected
noun
verb (tr)
See also damp off

Derived forms of damp

dampish, adjectivedamply, adverbdampness, noun

Word Origin for damp

C14: from Middle Low German damp steam; related to Old High German demphen to cause to steam
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