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[dam-puh n]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make damp; moisten: to dampen a sponge.
  2. to dull or deaden; depress: to dampen one's spirits.
  3. damp(def 10).
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become damp.
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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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Related Words for dampener

pessimist, complainer, grouch, whiner, dampener, doomsdayer, grinch

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Historical Examples of dampener

  • Then he had the sense to see that it was he, Gerald, who acted as a spoil-feast, a dampener.

  • She was beautiful and attractive, and he had feared she might be ugly, which would have been a dampener on his satisfaction.

    The Fatal Glove

    Clara Augusta Jones Trask

British Dictionary definitions for dampener


  1. to make or become damp
  2. (tr) to stifle; deaden
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Derived Formsdampener, noun
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Word Origin and History for dampener


1887, agent noun from dampen.

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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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