EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DAMPER
Finished our bacon this morning, and for the future will only have damper and tea.
She did not seem frightened, and ate readily the damper and sugar given her.
She rose, took her stockings over to the stove, and hung them on the damper.
The damper in the lower door had a bad habit of opening when it was jarred.
We took out the damper and poked out all the soot and ashes.
There was, as we have said, nothing to throw a damper on the general joy.
You must speak louder; there 's a kind of damper on the voice in this room.
She bore it bravely, however, not liking to put a damper on our youthful spirits.
John is damper than I should like to be, but 'a calls it nothing.
And if you went with me, your half-heartedness would be a damper.
of a piano, 1783; of a chimney, 1788; agent noun from damp (v.). Either or both led to various figurative senses.