damp·​er | \ ˈdam-pər How to pronounce damper (audio) \

Definition of damper

1 : a dulling or deadening influence put a damper on the celebration
2 : a device that damps: such as
a : a valve or plate (as in the flue of a furnace) for regulating the draft
b : a small felted block to stop the vibration of a piano string
c chiefly British : shock absorber
3 Australia : a simple usually unleavened bread of a kind made originally in the Australian bush

Synonyms for damper


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of damper in a Sentence

the pianist used the damper pedal on the piano for the quiet passages
Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s election loss, followed by the embarrassment of January 6th, put a damper on sales. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 20 Jan. 2022 While having a night out for New Year’s Eve might have been a possibility a few weeks ago, new variants and a surge in cases have put a damper on the season’s festivities. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 24 Dec. 2021 Cold weather can really put a damper on your style. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2021 That could lift Disney+ subscriptions as people cancel other plans, but once again put a damper on tourism. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 3 Jan. 2022 Below are many of the major factors that could put a damper on the market’s performance in 2022. Chuck Jones, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Incredibly, none of those challenges put a damper on our love of Pacific Northwest travel. oregonlive, 29 Dec. 2021 Many churches across the U.S. are canceling some or all in-person Christmas services amid yet another surge in COVID cases that have put a damper on people’s holidays for a second year. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 26 Dec. 2021 Economists warn that the supply-chain problems threaten to put a damper on the holidays, a time when Americans traditionally gather together in big-box stores to fight over TV sets. Dave Barry, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'damper.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of damper

1707, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Buying Guide

Our team at The Usage has selected the best toasters.

Learn More About damper

Dictionary Entries Near damper



damper pedal

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for damper

Last Updated

27 Jan 2022

Cite this Entry

“Damper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/damper. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for damper



English Language Learners Definition of damper

: a flat piece of metal in a fireplace, furnace, etc., that controls the amount of air that can enter
: a small piece of wood inside a piano that is covered with cloth and that stops the movement of a piano string


damp·​er | \ ˈdam-pər How to pronounce damper (audio) \

Kids Definition of damper

1 : something that discourages or deadens The rain put a damper on our picnic.
2 : a valve or movable plate for controlling a flow of air a fireplace damper

More from Merriam-Webster on damper

Nglish: Translation of damper for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of damper for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about damper


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!