Definition of dampener in English:



  • A thing that has a restraining or subduing effect.

    ‘television and booze, those twin dampeners of the revolutionary spirit’
    • ‘The captain has the respect of his players and he found the first half of the season hugely enjoyable but his gammy knee has put a bit of a dampener on things.’
    • ‘But injuries to her jaw meant she was unable to chew, putting a real dampener on the Christmas celebrations.’
    • ‘Two articles I wrote were unceremoniously dumped by both The Guardian and The Times, which put a dampener on my plans.’
    • ‘Organising a wedding should be an enjoyable experience, but often the stress of making the arrangements can put a dampener on the big day.’
    • ‘Onochie's injury put a dampener on a good result for the Terrors, who kept their first clean sheet of the season with a 3-0 win over their lowlier opponents.’
    • ‘The team had a great time and the only dampener on their visit was the rain at the closing ceremony.’
    • ‘Lacklustre ticket sales and a reduction in the space occupied by the festival was not enough to throw a dampener on Gig on the Green revellers.’
    • ‘The weather did its best to put a dampener on things, but it could not stop the 2004 Bradford Mela being one of the best ever.’
    • ‘She said: ‘Last year we were in the grip of the foot and mouth crisis and it really put a dampener on the celebrations.’’
    • ‘A hamstring injury after just 10 miles put a dampener on his attempts to smash the six-hour barrier.’
    • ‘We had such a wonderful day and can no longer look back on our memories on the film, which put a bit of a dampener on things.’
    • ‘The celebrations could commence, but the arrogant Tabs put a dampener on the event by failing to bring the Moynihan Cup with them.’
    • ‘The only dampener on the week for the Blues was the side's inability to overcome the Blues netball side at their own game.’
    • ‘It quite saddened me for a while and put a dampener on my spirits.’
    • ‘Well, probably because if you ask people what they really want for Christmas, you get treated as though you have put a dampener on the entire festive season.’
    • ‘An antiquated licensing law may put a dampener on New Year's Eve revelry across the county and give licensees and police a major headache.’
    • ‘The wet weather on Saturday put a dampener on events over the weekend.’
    • ‘Of course, none of this has put a dampener on the Championship celebrations - nothing could put a dampener on that.’
    • ‘By midway through the half United were in rude enough health, the only dampener on their day being that miss by Crawford.’
    • ‘The other dampener would be an increase in interest rates, but the Bank of England has shown no signs it wants to raise them.’
    shrew, curmudgeon, discontent, complainer, grumbler, moaner, fault-finder, carper
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  • put a dampener on

    • Have a depressing, subduing, or inhibiting effect on.

      ‘the comments put a dampener on such an amazing trip’