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Probably a back-formation from tampin (misinterpreted as tamping), a variant of tampion.


  • IPA(key): /tæmp/
    • (file)


tamp (third-person singular simple present tamps, present participle tamping, simple past and past participle tamped)

  1. (blasting) To plug up with clay, earth, dry sand, sod, or other material, as a hole bored in a rock.
  2. To drive in or pack down by frequent gentle strokes
    Tamp earth so as to make a smooth place.
  3. To reduce the intensity of.
    • 2013, Kristina McMorris, The Pieces We Keep:
      A single thought tamped her outrage: the chance that Meredith wasn't alone in her suspicions.
    • 2014, Christy Carlyle, Scandalous Wager:
      Whatever doubts she struggled with, they hadn't tamped her hunger for him.
    • 2017, Ari Thatcher, Loving Her Alphas:
      A small bit of relief tamped her initial trepidation.
    • 2020, Jessie Gussman, An Amish Sanctuary:
      Lucy bit the inside of her cheek and tamped her anger down.

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tamp m (plural tampen, diminutive tampje n)

  1. (nautical) the end of a rope or chain
  2. (slang) penis

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tamp c

  1. The end, or end piece, of a rope


Declension of tamp 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative tamp tampen tampar tamparna
Genitive tamps tampens tampars tamparnas