- 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.
Origin of damper
adjective, damp·er, damp·est.
verb (used with object)
Origin of damp
Synonyms for damp
Antonyms for damp
Examples from the Web for damper
Contemporary Examples of damper
Changes in the level of subsidies and feed-in tariffs can put a damper on activity.It’s Always Sunny In England
The Daily Beast
September 17, 2014
The rain here in Tampa, though not yet at tropical-storm levels, has put a damper on the now delayed convention.Romney: Personality Isn’t Everything
August 27, 2012
Leno said he felt the same as he try to put a damper on any such talk at a post-roast press conference.Jay Leno Wins Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award
Samuel P. Jacobs
February 4, 2011
Historical Examples of damper
Finished our bacon this morning, and for the future will only have damper and tea.
She did not seem frightened, and ate readily the damper and sugar given her.
She rose, took her stockings over to the stove, and hung them on the damper.Father Sergius
The damper in the lower door had a bad habit of opening when it was jarred.Polly of Lady Gay Cottage
Emma C. Dowd
We took out the damper and poked out all the soot and ashes.
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.