Synonyms & Antonyms of damp

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 containing or characterized by an uncomfortable amount of moisture
  • the damp air made 85 degrees feel like 105

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Synonyms & Antonyms of damp (Entry 2 of 3)

the amount of water suspended in the air in tiny droplets
  • we bought a dehumidifier for the basement when the damp down there began causing mold to grow

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Synonyms & Antonyms of damp (Entry 3 of 3)

2 to make or become slightly or moderately wet
  • damp the shirt slightly before ironing it

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3 to reduce or weaken in strength or feeling
  • nothing seemed to damp the unwelcome attentions of her suitor

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Frequently Asked Questions About damp

How is the word damp distinct from other similar adjectives?

Some common synonyms of damp are dank, humid, moist, and wet. While all these words mean "covered or more or less soaked with liquid," damp implies a slight or moderate absorption and often connotes an unpleasant degree of moisture.

clothes will mildew if stored in a damp place

When would dank be a good substitute for damp?

In some situations, the words dank and damp are roughly equivalent. However, dank implies a more distinctly disagreeable or unwholesome dampness.

a prisoner in a cold, dank cell

When could humid be used to replace damp?

While the synonyms humid and damp are close in meaning, humid applies to the presence of much water vapor in the air.

a hot, humid climate

When can moist be used instead of damp?

The meanings of moist and damp largely overlap; however, moist applies to what is slightly damp or not felt as dry.

treat the injury with moist heat

When is wet a more appropriate choice than damp?

The synonyms wet and damp are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

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The first known use of damp was in the 14th century

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“Damp.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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