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From damp +‎ -ish.


dampish (comparative more dampish, superlative most dampish)

  1. (obsolete) Characterised by noxious vapours; misty, smoky.
  2. Moderately damp or moist.
    • 1879, Henry Vizetelly, Facts about Champagne and Other Sparkling Wines, London: Ward, Lock & Co., Chapter X, p. 111, [2]
      Miles of long, dark-brown, dampish-looking galleries stretch away to the right and left, and though devoid of the picturesque festoons of fungi which decorate the London Dock vaults, exhibit a sufficient degree of mouldiness to give them an air of respectable antiquity.
    • 1938, George Orwell [pseudonym; Eric Arthur Blair], chapter 6, in Homage to Catalonia[3], London: Secker & Warburg:
      I remember very clearly the feeling of sitting there reading it; the dampish clay of the trench bottom underneath me, the constant shifting of my legs out of the way as men hurried stopping down the trench, the crack-crack-crack of bullets a foot or two overhead.
    • 1991, Seamus Heaney, "Squarings xl" in Seeing Things, New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, p. 94,
      I was four but I turned four hundred maybe,
      Encountering the ancient dampish feel
      Of a clay floor. Maybe four thousand even.
    • 2006, William Trevor, “An Afternoon” in Cheating at Canasta, New York: Viking, 2007, p. 99,
      Her hand was warm, lying there in his, dampish, fingers interlaced with his.

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