noun \ˈdamp\

: slight wetness in the air

Full Definition of DAMP

:  a noxious gas — compare black damp, firedamp
:  moisture:
a :  humidity, dampness
b archaic :  fog, mist
a :  discouragement, check
b archaic :  depression, dejection

Examples of DAMP

  1. The boxes were left outside in the damp.
  2. the damp of the night

Origin of DAMP

Middle English, black damp, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, vapor; akin to Old High German damph vapor
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with DAMP



: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet

: to make (something) less strong or active

Full Definition of DAMP

transitive verb
a :  to affect with or as if with a noxious gas :  choke
b :  to diminish the activity or intensity of <damping down the causes of inflation> <liquid damps out compass oscillations>
c :  to check the vibration or oscillation of (as a string or voltage)
:  dampen
intransitive verb
:  to diminish progressively in vibration or oscillation

Examples of DAMP

  1. His hands were damped with sweat.
  2. <refused to let the setbacks damp his drive for success>

First Known Use of DAMP

14th century



: somewhat or slightly wet

Full Definition of DAMP

a archaic :  being confused, bewildered, or shocked :  stupefied
b :  depressed, dull
:  slightly or moderately wet :  moist <a damp towel>; also :  humid <damp weather>
damp·ish \ˈdam-pish\ adjective
damp·ly adverb
damp·ness noun

Examples of DAMP

  1. Wipe up the mess with a damp cloth.
  2. Her forehead was damp with perspiration.
  3. My hair's still damp from the rain.

First Known Use of DAMP



noun \ˈdamp\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DAMP

:  a noxious or stifling gas or vapor; especially :  one occurring in coal mines—usually used in plural; see black damp, firedamp


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