damp

Something that's damp is slightly wet or soggy. If your shoes are damp when you enter your friend's white-carpeted house, you should probably take them off.

Damp things are moist. Your lawn might be damp with dew in the morning, and if it's supposed to rain lightly, the weather report might include the word damp. Sometimes damp is a noun, as when your grandmother warns, "Don't go out in the damp without your umbrella!" To damp is to hold back, make soft, or restrain: "Use your hand to damp the sound of the cymbal after you hit it with the drumstick."

Primary Meanings of damp

1.
adjn
slightly wet
a slight wetness
2.
v
lessen in force or effect
Full Definitions of damp
1

adj slightly wet

“clothes damp with perspiration”
Synonyms:
dampish, moist
wet
covered or soaked with a liquid such as water

n a slight wetness

Synonyms:
dampness, moistness
Types:
clamminess, dankness
unpleasant wetness
rawness
a chilly dampness
Type of:
wetness
the condition of containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
2

v lessen in force or effect

Synonyms:
break, dampen, soften, weaken
Types:
deafen
make soundproof
dampen, deaden
make vague or obscure or make (an image) less visible
Type of:
blunt, deaden
make less lively, intense, or vigorous; impair in vigor, force, activity, or sensation

v restrain or discourage

“the sudden bad news damped the joyous atmosphere”
Type of:
check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

v deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Synonyms:
dampen, dull, muffle, mute, tone down
Type of:
soften
make (images or sounds) soft or softer

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

Synonyms:
dampen, deaden
Type of:
break, dampen, soften, weaken
lessen in force or effect

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