adjective, damp·er, damp·est.
verb (used with object)
- damocles, sword of,
- damon and pythias,
- damp box,
- damp off,
- damp squib,
Origin of damp
Examples from the Web for damp
With me tagging along, they dove into a rudimentary, damp shelter they had dug in a wood nearby.
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|P. J. O’Rourke|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The damp, gray Beaver State is attracting the most incoming movers of any other state, according to a new survey.
Outside a late-autumn storm was building and the air in the room was damp.
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|Andrew Romano|November 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We grew afraid—my face was damp with fear, the hair stood up upon my head.Ayesha|H. Rider Haggard
Although frequently enveloped in a damp fog, the Peruvian coastal towns are almost never subjected to rain.Inca Land|Hiram Bingham
Now, in the damp air, they twisted and turned in the wildest profusion.From the Valley of the Missing|Grace Miller White
Of the deliberate and diffuse Federationist there remained no trace, save the binoculars and two damp whiskers.A Diversity of Creatures|Rudyard Kipling
The Senator swallowed hard and mopped his damp forehead with his handkerchief.Hidden Gold|Wilder Anthony
Word Origin 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.