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camper

[kam-per]
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noun
  1. a person who camps out for recreation, especially in the wilderness.
  2. a person who attends a summer camp or day camp.
  3. Also called pickup camper, truck camper. a trucklike vehicle, van, or trailer that is fitted or suitable for recreational camping, or a pickup truck on which a structure fitted for camping is mounted.
verb (used without object)
  1. to travel and live in a vehicular camper: We're going to camper for two weeks during our vacation.

Origin of camper

1625–35; 1960–65 for def 3; camp1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for campering

camper

noun
  1. a person who lives or temporarily stays in a tent, cabin, etc
  2. a vehicle equipped for camping out
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Word Origin and History for campering

camper

n.

1630s, "soldier," agent noun from camp (v.). Meaning "attendee at a camp meeting" is from 1806; meaning "one who sleeps in temporary quarters outdoors" is from 1856; that of "motor vehicle with sleeping quarters" is from 1960. Extended use of happy camper is from c.1987.

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