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camp 1

a. A place where tents, huts, or other temporary shelters are set up, as by soldiers, nomads, or travelers.
b. A cabin or shelter or group of such buildings: gathered branches and grasses for a makeshift camp; had a fishing camp in Vermont.
c. The people using such shelters: a howl that awakened the whole camp.
a. A place in the country that offers simple group accommodations and organized recreation or instruction, as for vacationing children: a girls' summer camp; a tennis camp.
b. Sports A place where athletes engage in intensive training, especially preseason training.
c. The people attending the programs at such a place.
3. A prison camp or concentration camp.
4. Military service; army life.
5. A group of people who think alike or share a cause; side: The council members disagreed, falling into liberal and conservative camps.
v. camped, camp·ing, camps
1. To make or set up a camp.
2. To live in or as if in a camp; settle: We camped in the apartment until the furniture arrived.
To shelter or lodge in a camp; encamp: They camped themselves by a river.

[Early Modern English, from Middle French, probably from Italian or Spanish campo, both from Latin campus, field; see campus.]

camp 2

Deliberate affectation or exaggeration of style, especially of popular or outdated style, for ironic or humorous effect: "Camp is popularity plus vulgarity plus innocence" (Indra Jahalani).
1. Showing or characterized by camp: played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect.
2. Given to or characterized by exaggerated, effeminate mannerisms.
v. camped, camp·ing, camps
1. To act in a histrionic or exaggerated manner.
2. To act in an exaggerated, effeminate manner.
To exaggerate or overdramatize: camped up the characters in the play.

[Origin unknown.]

camp′y adj.


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adj, campier or campiest
1. effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc
2. relating to or considered characteristic of homosexuals
3. (Theatre) consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste


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adj. camp•i•er, camp•i•est.
pertaining to or characterized by camp: a campy spoof of romantic operetta.
camp′i•ly, adv.
camp′i•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.campy - providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities; "they played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect"; "campy Hollywood musicals of the 1940's"
tasteless - lacking aesthetic or social taste
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This fun, campy guide to the perfect pedicure includes more than 150 designs in polishes in every imaginable shade.

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