What does damp mean?

Definitions for dampdæmp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word damp.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. damp, dampness, moistness(adj)

    a slight wetness

  2. damp, dampish, moist(verb)

    slightly wet

    "clothes damp with perspiration"; "a moist breeze"; "eyes moist with tears"

  3. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down(verb)

    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

  4. damp(verb)

    restrain or discourage

    "the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere"

  5. dampen, deaden, damp(verb)

    make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible

    "muffle the message"

  6. dampen, damp, soften, weaken, break(verb)

    lessen in force or effect

    "soften a shock"; "break a fall"


  1. damp(Noun)

    Moisture; humidity; dampness.

  2. damp(Noun)

    Fog; fogginess; vapor.

  3. damp(Noun)

    Dejection or depression.

  4. damp(Noun)

    A gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pits, etc.

  5. damp(Verb)

    To dampen; to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; as, to damp cloth.

  6. damp(Verb)

    To put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage.

  7. damp(Verb)

    To suppress vibrations (mechanical) or oscillations (electrical) by converting energy to heat (or some other form of energy).

  8. damp(Adjective)

    Being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist.

  9. damp(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or affected by noxious vapours; dejected, stupified.

  10. Origin: Akin to Low German damp, Dutch damp, and Danish damp, German Dampf, Icelandic dampi, Swedish damm, and to German dampf imperative of dimpfen. Also Old English dampen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Damp(noun)

    moisture; humidity; fog; fogginess; vapor

  2. Damp(noun)

    dejection; depression; cloud of the mind

  3. Damp(noun)

    a gaseous product, formed in coal mines, old wells, pints, etc

  4. Damp

    being in a state between dry and wet; moderately wet; moist; humid

  5. Damp

    dejected; depressed; sunk

  6. Damp(noun)

    to render damp; to moisten; to make humid, or moderately wet; to dampen; as, to damp cloth

  7. Damp(noun)

    to put out, as fire; to depress or deject; to deaden; to cloud; to check or restrain, as action or vigor; to make dull; to weaken; to discourage

  8. Origin: [OE. dampen to choke, suffocate. See Damp, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Damp

    damp, n. vapour, mist: moist air: lowness of spirits: (pl.) dangerous vapours in mines, &c.—v.t. to wet slightly: to chill: to discourage: to check: to make dull.—adj. moist, foggy: sometimes in the form Damp′y.—v.t. and v.i. Damp′en, to make or become damp or moist.—n. Damp′er, that which checks or moderates: a mechanical appliance for reducing currents, musical vibration, &c.: (Australia) a kind of unfermented bread.—adj. Damp′ish, somewhat damp.—n. Damp′ishness.—adv. Damp′ly.—n. Damp′ness.—Damping off (hort.), the death of plants from excess of moisture. [M. E. dampen; akin to Dut. damp, Ger. dampf, vapour.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damp' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4838

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'damp' in Adjectives Frequency: #654


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of damp in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of damp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Terry Torrison:

    The ECB and OPEC meetings could prove to be a damp squib, which may result in markets drifting a bit lower.

  2. Letitia Elizabeth Landon:

    Grief, after all, is like smoking in a damp country — what was at first a necessity becomes afterwards an indulgence.

  3. Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche:

    Out of damp and gloomy days, out of solitude, out of loveless words directed at us, conclusions grow up in us like fungus one morning they are there, we know not how, and they gaze upon us, morose and gray. Woe to the thinker who is not the gardener but only the soil of the plants that grow in him

  4. Van Dam:

    This is a rare occurrence that took place because cool, damp air became trapped in the lower levels of the canyon, it was literally stuck underneath a warm layer of air just above. In the meteorological world, this is referred to as an inversion when the temperature actually warms with height (as opposed to it cooling with a rise in altitude).

  5. Joseph Addison:

    Laughter, while it lasts, slackens and unbraces the mind, weakens the faculties and causes a kind of remissness and dissolution in all the powers of the soul; and thus it may be looked on as weakness in the composition of human nature. But if we consider the frequent reliefs we receive from it and how often it breaks the gloom which is apt to depress the mind and damp our spirits, with transient, unexpected gleams of joy, one would take care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life.

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Translations for damp

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • потиснатост, затихвам, влажност, задушавам, потиснат, униние, заглушавам, влажен, влага, унил, овлажнявам, рудничен газBulgarian
  • humitat, humitCatalan, Valencian
  • vlhkýCzech
  • fugtigDanish
  • ersticken, dämpfen, Feuchtigkeit, anfeuchten, befeuchten, feucht, abdampfenGerman
  • humedecer, húmedo, amortiguar, humedadSpanish
  • نمناکPersian
  • kosteus, vaimentaa, sammuttaa, kostuttaa, kaivoskaasu, kostea, tukahduttaaFinnish
  • mouiller, mouillé, humide, amortir, mouillée, humidité, moite, humidifierFrench
  • lembapIndonesian
  • humidaIdo
  • rakiIcelandic
  • smorzare, umidità, soffocare, inumidire, umido, bagnato, rallentare, grisùItalian
  • לחHebrew
  • 湿る, 湿っぽいJapanese
  • ნოტიოGeorgian
  • valgans, valgs, mitrs, miklsLatvian
  • whakanotiMāori
  • lembapMalay
  • klamDutch
  • wilgotnyPolish
  • úmido, umidade, amortecerPortuguese
  • umedRomanian
  • сырой, влажныйRussian
  • fuktighet, fukta, fuktig, dämpaSwedish
  • nem, rutubet, nemli, rutubetliTurkish
  • 潮湿Chinese

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