Nearby words

  1. damocles, sword of,
  2. damodar,
  3. damoiselle,
  4. damon,
  5. damon and pythias,
  6. damp box,
  7. damp off,
  8. damp squib,
  9. damp-dry,
  10. damp-mop

Origin of damp

1300–50; Middle English (in sense of def. 4); compare Middle Dutch damp, Middle High German dampf vapor, smoke

1. dry.

Related forms
Can be confuseddamp moist (see synonym study at the current entry)damp dampen

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for damp off

damp off


(intr, adverb) (of plants, seedlings, shoots, etc) to be affected by damping off


/ (dæmp) /


slightly wet, as from dew, steam, etc
archaic dejected


verb (tr)

See also damp off

Derived Formsdampish, 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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Word Origin and History for damp off
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