damper

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From damp +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

damper (plural dampers)

  1. Something that damps or checks:
    1. A valve or movable plate in the flue or other part of a stove, furnace, etc., used to check or regulate the draught of air.
    2. A contrivance (sordine), as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.
    3. Something that kills the mood.
      • (Can we date this quote?) W. Black
        Nor did Sabrina′s presence seem to act as any damper at the modest little festivities.
    4. A device that decreases the oscillations of a system.
  2. (chiefly Australia) Bread made from a basic recipe of flour, water, milk, and salt, but without yeast.
    • 1827, Peter Cunningham, Two Years in New South Wales, ii.190, quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, 1978, ISBN 0-424-00034-2,
      The farm-men usually bake their flour into flat cakes, which they call dampers, and cook these in the ashes.
    • Rudyard Kipling, His Gift
      [] an open wood fire, from the ashes of which he drew forth (talking all the while) wonderful hot cakes called "dampers" []

Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

damper

  1. comparative form of damp: more damp

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Danish[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

A calque of the English steamer.

Noun[edit]

damper c (singular definite damperen, plural indefinite dampere)

  1. steamer, steamboat, steamship
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Etymology 2[edit]

See dampe.

Verb[edit]

damper

  1. present tense of dampe