1300–50; Middle English
(in sense of def. 4); compare Middle Dutch damp, Middle High German dampf
dampish, adjectivedampishly, adverbdampishness, noundamply, adverbdampness, noun
Can be confused
(see synonym study at the current entry)
dank, steamy. Damp, humid, moist
mean slightly wet. Damp
usually implies slight and extraneous wetness, generally undesirable or unpleasant unless the result of intention: a damp cellar; to put a damp cloth on a patient's forehead. Humid
is applied to unpleasant dampness in the air: The air is oppressively humid today. Moist
denotes something that is slightly wet, naturally or properly: moist ground; moist leather. 3.
dankness, dampness, fog, vapor. 7.
slow, inhibit, restrain, moderate, abate.