Definition of damp noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dæmp//
; NAmE NAmE//dæmp//
How a building looks
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[uncountable] (British English) the state of being damp; areas on a wall, etc. that are damp The old house smells of damp. Those marks above the window look like damp to me. See related entries: How a building looks Word OriginMiddle English (in the noun sense ‘noxious inhalation’): of West Germanic origin; related to a Middle Low German word meaning ‘vapour, steam, smoke’.Extra examples The house had got woodworm and rising damp. The surveyor found damp in the kitchen. One wall of my house is affected by rising damp. The house smells of damp.
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