The rain here in Tampa, though not yet at tropical-storm levels, has put a damper on the now delayed convention.
Changes in the level of subsidies and feed-in tariffs can put a damper on activity.
Leno said he felt the same as he try to put a damper on any such talk at a post-roast press conference.
of a piano, 1783; of a chimney, 1788; agent noun from damp (v.). Either or both led to various figurative senses.
early 14c., "a noxious vapor," perhaps in Old English but there is no record of it. If not, probably from Middle Low German damp; ultimately in either case from Proto-Germanic *dampaz (cf. Old High German damph, German Dampf "vapor;" Old Norse dampi "dust"). Sense of "moisture, humidity" is first certainly attested 1706.
late 14c., "to suffocate," from damp (n.). Figurative meaning "to deaden (the spirits, etc.)" attested by 1540s. Meaning "to moisten" is recorded from 1670s. Related: Damped; damping.
1580s, "dazed," from damp (n.). Meaning "slightly wet" is from 1706. Related: Dampness.