adjective, damp·er, damp·est.
verb (used with object)
- damocles, sword of,
- damon and pythias,
- damp box,
- damp off,
- damp squib,
Origin of damp
Examples from the Web for dampness
The rock to which he had been chained was still wet, and he noticed that the dampness existed far above his head.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer|Cyrus Townsend Brady
They would hardly go off that way—in the dampness of the night—without having taken more than they wore when I started on my walk.Tom Fairfield in Camp|Allen Chapman
The entire crew was suffering from putrid fever, probably owing to the dampness of the new vessel.Celebrated Travels and Travellers|Jules Verne
It will be warm and dry, saving many losses from wet feet and diseases brought on by dampness and cold.The Library of Work and Play: Outdoor Work|Mary Rogers Miller
In this way, the asphalt is held in position, and is an absolute prevention of dampness.Rural Hygiene|Henry N. Ogden
Word Origin for damp
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.