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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Middle Low German

damp

1 adjective
     
damp1
1 slightly wet, often in an unpleasant way:
Wipe the leather with a damp cloth.
a cold, damp day
2

damp squib

British English informal something that is intended to be exciting, effective etc, but which is disappointing
dampness noun [uncountable]
damply adverb
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

damp, moist, humid
Use damp especially to say that something is slightly wet in an unpleasant way The room was cold and damp. Use moist to say that something is slightly wet in a pleasant way or in the way it should be She took a mouthful of the delicious moist cake. rich, moist soil Use humid to talk about the weather or the air when it is slightly wet and makes you feel uncomfortable the hot humid atmosphere of a greenhouse
WORD FOCUS: wet WORD FOCUS: wet
very wet: soaked, drenched

a little wet: damp, moist

wet and soft: soggy

when the air feels wet: humid, damp, muggy


See also
wet

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