1

damp

play
noun \ˈdamp\

Definition of damp

  1. 1 :  a noxious gas — compare black damp, firedamp

  2. 2 :  moisture:a :  humidity, dampnessb archaic :  fog, mist

  3. 3a :  discouragement, checkb archaic :  depression, dejection

Examples of damp in a Sentence

  1. The boxes were left outside in the damp.

  2. the damp of the night

Recent Examples of damp from the Web

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

Origin and Etymology of damp

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


2

damp

verb

Definition of damp

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to affect with or as if with a noxious gas :  chokeb :  to diminish the activity or intensity of damping down the causes of inflation liquid damps out compass oscillationsc :  to check the vibration or oscillation of (something, such as a string or a voltage)

  3. 2 :  dampen

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to diminish progressively in vibration or oscillation

Examples of damp in a Sentence

  1. His hands were damped with sweat.

  2. refused to let the setbacks damp his drive for success

Recent Examples of damp from the Web

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

First Known Use of damp

14th century


3

damp

adjective

Definition of damp

  1. 1a archaic :  being confused, bewildered, or shocked :  stupefiedb :  depressed, dull

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

dampish

play \ˈdam-pish\ adjective

damply

adverb

dampness

noun

Examples of damp in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of damp from the Web

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

First Known Use of damp

1590

Synonym Discussion of damp

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


DAMP Defined for English Language Learners

damp

play
noun

Definition of damp for English Language Learners

  • : slight wetness in the air

damp

verb

Definition of damp for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) somewhat or slightly wet

  • : to make (something) less strong or active

damp

adjective

Definition of damp for English Language Learners

  • : somewhat or slightly wet


DAMP Defined for Kids

1

damp

play
noun \ˈdamp\

Definition of damp for Students

  1. 1 :  moisture The cold and damp made me shiver.

  2. 2 :  a harmful gas found especially in coal mines


2

damp

play
verb

Definition of damp for Students

damped

;

damping

  1. :  dampen


3

damp

play
adjective

Definition of damp for Students

damper

;

dampest

  1. :  slightly wet :  moist

dampness

noun

Medical Dictionary

damp

play
noun \ˈdamp\

Medical Definition of damp

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up damp? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

to counsel, recommend, or inform

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Emoji Quiz

  • emoji-the-quiz
  • What phase of the moon is this: 🌖 ?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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