dampen

[dam-puh n]

verb (used with object)

to make damp; moisten: to dampen a sponge.
to dull or deaden; depress: to dampen one's spirits.

verb (used without object)

to become damp.

Nearby words

  1. damp squib,
  2. damp-dry,
  3. damp-mop,
  4. damp-proof,
  5. dampcourse,
  6. dampener,
  7. damper,
  8. damper pedal,
  9. dampier,
  10. dampier, william

Origin of dampen

First recorded in 1620–30; damp + -en1

Related formsdamp·en·er, nounun·damp·ened, adjective

Can be confuseddamp dampen moist (see synonym study at damp)

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British Dictionary definitions for dampen

dampen

verb

to make or become damp
(tr) to stifle; deaden
Derived Formsdampener, noun

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Word Origin and History for dampen

dampen

v.

1630s, "to dull or deaden" (of force, enthusiasm, ardor, etc.), from damp (adj.) + -en (1). Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1827. Related: Dampened; dampening.

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