damp

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Etymology[edit]

Akin to Low German damp, Dutch damp, and Danish damp (vapor, steam, fog), German Dampf, Icelandic dampi, Swedish damm (dust), and to German dampf imperative of dimpfen (to smoke). Also Old English dampen (to choke, suffocate).

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damp (comparative damper, superlative dampest)

  1. Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.
    • O'erspread with a damp sweat and holy fear - John Dryden
    The lawn was still damp so we decided not to sit down.
    The paint is still damp, so please don't touch it.
  2. (obsolete) Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book 1, ll. 522-3:
      All these and more came flocking; but with looks / Down cast and damp.

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Noun[edit]

damp (countable and uncountable, plural damps)

  1. Moisture; humidity; dampness.
  2. (archaic) Fog; fogginess; vapor.
    • Milton
      Night [] with black air / Accompanied, with damps and dreadful gloom.
  3. (archaic) Dejection or depression.
    • Joseph Addison
      Even now, while thus I stand blest in thy presence, / A secret damp of grief comes o'er my soul.
    • J. D. Forbes
      It must have thrown a damp over your autumn excursion.
  4. (archaic or historical, mining) A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.

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damp (third-person singular simple present damps, present participle damping, simple past and past participle damped)


  1. (transitive, archaic) To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.
  2. (transitive, archaic) To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage.
  3. (transitive) To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).
    • To damp your tender hopes - Mark Akenside
    • Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug - Francis Bacon
    • How many a day has been damped and darkened by an angry word! - Sir John Lubbock
    • The failure of his enterprise damped the spirit of the soldiers. - Thomas Babington Macaulay
    • Hollow rollers damp vibration. - [1]

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Danish[edit]

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damp c (singular definite dampen, plural indefinite dampe)

  1. steam

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damp

  1. Imperative of dampe.

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damp m (plural dampen, diminutive dampje n)

  1. vapour (UK), vapor (US)

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damp

  1. first-person singular present indicative of dampen
  2. imperative of dampen

Swedish[edit]

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damp

  1. past tense of dimpa.