- a device in stringed keyboard instruments to deaden the vibration of the strings.
- the mute of a brass instrument, as a horn.
- a round, flat cake made of flour and water, and cooked over a campfire.
- the dough for such cakes.
- damper pedal,
- dampier, william,
- damping off
Origin of damper
adjective, damp·er, damp·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of damp
Examples from the Web for damper
Changes in the level of subsidies and feed-in tariffs can put a damper on activity.
The rain here in Tampa, though not yet at tropical-storm levels, has put a damper on the now delayed convention.
Leno said he felt the same as he try to put a damper on any such talk at a post-roast press conference.
This was something of a damper to us, and the captain looked not a little mortified and vexed.
Some one gives a wrong turn to the damper, and the gas escapes.Around The Tea-Table|T. De Witt Talmage
“Nothing worse than tea or coffee; and you may have damper and bacon to take afterwards,” said the doctor, laughing.The Peril Finders|George Manville Fenn
It was no damper on my enjoyment to gaze at their drooping eyelids, and listlessly crossed hands.Caper-Sauce|Fanny Fern
These were very good and excellent eating, as we had been living on "damper" and Peek and Frean's biscuits, which are very dry.Sport in Abyssinia|Dermot Mayo
Word Origin for damp
of a piano, 1783; of a chimney, 1788; agent noun from damp (v.). Either or both led to various figurative senses.
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.
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.
see put a damper on.