- damp ► ADJECTIVE ▪ slightly wet.► NOUN ▪ moisture in the air, on a surface, or in a solid.► VERB 1) make damp. 2) (damp down) control or restrain (a feeling or situation). 3) (damp down) make (a fire) burn less strongly by reducing its air supply. 4) reduce or stop the vibration of (the strings of a musical instrument).DERIVATIVES dampish adjective damply adverb dampness noun.ORIGIN originally in the sense «noxious inhalation»: from Germanic.
English terms dictionary. 2015.