[<< wiktionary] damper
== English ==


=== Etymology ===
From damp +‎ -er.


=== Pronunciation ===
(US) enPR: dămp′ər, IPA(key): /ˈdæmpɚ/


=== Noun ===
damper (plural dampers)

Something that damps or checks:
A valve or movable plate in the flue or other part of a stove, furnace, etc., used to check or regulate the draught of air.
A contrivance (sordine), as in a pianoforte, to deaden vibrations; or, as in other pieces of mechanism, to check some action at a particular time.
Something that kills the mood.

A device that decreases the oscillations of a system.
(chiefly New Zealand, Australia) Bread made from a basic recipe of flour, water, milk, and salt, but without yeast.
1827, Peter Cunningham, Two Years in New South Wales, ii.190, quoted in G. A. Wilkes, A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, 1978, →ISBN,
The farm-men usually bake their flour into flat cakes, which they call dampers, and cook these in the ashes.

1938, William Ferguson and John Patten, ‘Aborigines Claim Citizen Rights!’, in Heiss & Minter (eds.), Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, Allen & Unwin 2008, p. 31:
You hypocritically claim that you are trying to ‘protect’ us; but your modern policy of ‘protection’ (so-called) is killing us off just as surely as the pioneer policy of giving us poisoned damper and shooting us down like dingoes!


==== Derived terms ====
put a damper on


==== Translations ====


=== Adjective ===
damper

comparative form of damp: more damp


=== Anagrams ===
deramp, ramped


== Danish ==


=== Etymology 1 ===
A calque of the English steamer.


==== Noun ====
damper c (singular definite damperen, plural indefinite dampere)

steamer, steamboat, steamship


===== Inflection =====


===== Synonyms =====
dampskib


=== Etymology 2 ===
See dampe.


==== Verb ====
damper

present of dampe


=== References ===
“damper” in Den Danske Ordbog


== Norwegian Bokmål ==


=== Etymology 1 ===
From damp +‎ -er


==== Noun ====
damper m (definite singular damperen, indefinite plural dampere, definite plural damperne)

a steamer (steamship, steamboat)


===== Synonyms =====
dampbåt, dampskip


===== Derived terms =====
hjuldamper


=== Etymology 2 ===


==== Noun ====
damper m

indefinite plural of damp


=== Etymology 3 ===


==== Verb ====
damper

present of dampe


=== See also ===
dampar (Nynorsk)


=== References ===
“damper” in The Bokmål Dictionary.