damp

noun
\ˈdamp \

Definition of damp 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a noxious gas — compare black damp, firedamp

2 : moisture:

a : humidity, dampness

b archaic : fog, mist

damp

verb

Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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 (something, such as a string or a voltage)

2 : dampen

intransitive verb

: to diminish progressively in vibration or oscillation

damp

adjective

Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

1a archaic : being confused, bewildered, or shocked : stupefied

b : depressed, dull

2 : slightly or moderately wet : moist a damp towel also : humid damp weather

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Other Words from damp

Adjective

dampish \ˈdam-​pish \ adjective
damply adverb
dampness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for damp

Synonyms: Noun

dampness, humidity, moistness, moisture

Synonyms: Verb

castrate, dampen, deaden, dehydrate, desiccate, devitalize, enervate, geld, lobotomize, petrify

Synonyms: Adjective

humid, muggy, sticky, sultry

Antonyms: Verb

brace, energize, enliven, invigorate, quicken, stimulate, vitalize, vivify

Antonyms: Adjective

dry

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Adjective

wet, damp, dank, moist, humid mean covered or more or less soaked with liquid. wet usually implies saturation but may suggest a covering of a surface with water or something (such as paint) not yet dry. slipped on the wet pavement damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture. clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness. a prisoner in a cold, dank cell moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry. treat the injury with moist heat humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air. a hot, humid climate

Examples of damp in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

Wipe up the mess with a damp cloth. Her forehead was damp with perspiration. My hair's still damp from the rain.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tomorrow (Friday): Morning is probably gray and a little damp, but the real rain doesn’t get going until later. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: A few showers or a storm possible this evening; much more rain to come Friday," 27 July 2017 The internet is a virtual catacomb, where the skeletons of human decency line the damp, mildewed walls. Christine Flowers, Philly.com, "Disgraced ex-TV worker didn't deserve humiliation," 15 June 2017 This damp—a byproduct of industrial smog mixing with moisture from the nearby ponds—is omnipresent, and repeated mentions more than illustrate Louis’s disgust. Samuel Metz, New Republic, "Édouard Louis’s Novel of the French Working Class," 8 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yellen’s speech, which lacked clear rate cues, did little to calm the price swings and damped expectations of a rate hike this year. Fortune, "The Gold Market Just Got Rocked by a Mysterious and Massive Trade," 25 Aug. 2017 BROOKS RIVER — A brown bear sow emerged from the alder fringes of the Naknek Lake shoreline, ambled to the water's edge and dropped in a huge blond lump onto pumice pebbles and damp black volcanic sand. Clark Fair, Alaska Dispatch News, "Beyond the bears: Here’s a rundown of other Brooks Camp attractions in Katmai," 29 July 2017 Apply the mixture to damp, clean hair and also massage it onto your scalp. Lori Keong, Marie Claire, "4 Amazing Homemade Hair Masks for Healthier Looking Strands," 19 July 2017 Babies need to be constantly damp for some reason, like the whale at the end of Free Willy. Frank Kobola, Redbook, "9 Thoughts All Dads-to-Be Have About Baby Shopping," 10 Mar. 2017 A Milan judge on Saturday ordered Silvio Berlusconi to be tried on corruption charges, damping the former Italian premier’s hopes of running soon for office again after being sidelined by a tax-fraud conviction. Frances D&, Orange County Register, "New Italian trial set for Berlusconi in a corruption case," 29 Jan. 2017 These masterful shocks have somewhat redefined the state of the art in damping. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "Camaro goes nuclear: Chevrolet escalates the muscle car war," 18 July 2017 But thoughts of the team’s imminent departure did not seem to be souring the sweetness of the celebration, nor damping the blaring of horns or thinning the throngs downtown and along the edges of Lake Merritt on Thursday. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Warriors parade: Hundreds of thousands party in downtown Oakland," 15 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ciucci also suggests reaching for a damp sponge when applying cream blushes, as this technique helps to seamlessly build cheek color. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "Here Is Everything You Can (and Should) Use a Beautyblender For," 11 Oct. 2018 Highlighting the extreme dangers, a former Thai Navy SEAL died Friday while replenishing the oxygen canisters laid along the route to the boys' damp refuge. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 These bacteria also tend to grow faster in warm, damp environments such as kitchen sponges, towels and drains. Mark Lieber, CNN, "Do you know what's growing on your kitchen towel?," 11 June 2018 Emerging-market asset assets are usually viewed as a barometer of risk appetite, and big declines in those markets can affect investor sentiment and even damp expectations for global growth, analysts say. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Stocks and Bonds Are Going Nowhere Fast, Stranding Investors," 6 May 2018 The place looked like a college campus after a weekend of partying, and the damp air was electric with hope. Charlotte Wilder, SI.com, "Vegas and Washington Are More Similar Hockey Towns Than You Might Think," 4 June 2018 This big wine tastes of berries, damp earth, forest floor, cigar box, pine needles and bright acidity. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "12 Cotes du Rhone wines that offer a range of styles and values," 31 May 2018 On Friday afternoons, the laughter of children echoes and the smell of cooking fires permeates the cave’s cool, damp air, which offers relief from the heat of the valley below. Photographs And Text By Bryan Denton, New York Times, "China’s Last Cave Dwellers Fight to Keep Their Underground Homes," 13 May 2018 From the #EquinoxLiveDrive dashcam: RAIN is moving in from the west, leaving roads a bit damp. Rosemarie Stein, OregonLive.com, "Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Showers likely for the morning commute," 10 May 2018

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First Known Use of damp

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for damp

Noun

Middle English, black damp, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German, vapor; akin to Old High German damph vapor

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damp

noun

English Language Learners Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: slight wetness in the air

damp

verb

English Language Learners Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet

: to make (something) less strong or active

damp

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

: somewhat or slightly wet

damp

noun
\ˈdamp \

Kids Definition of damp

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : moisture The cold and damp made me shiver.

2 : a harmful gas found especially in coal mines

damp

verb
damped; damping

Kids Definition of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

: dampen

damp

adjective
damper; dampest

Kids Definition of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

: slightly wet : moist

Other Words from damp

dampness noun

damp

noun
\ˈdamp \

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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