campout

or camp-out

[ kamp-out ]
/ ˈkæmpˌaʊt /

noun

a camping out of a group.

Nearby words

  1. camorrista,
  2. camote,
  3. camouflage,
  4. camouflet,
  5. camoëns,
  6. camp bastion,
  7. camp bed,
  8. camp chair,
  9. camp david,
  10. camp david accords

Origin of campout

1875–80, Americanism; noun use of verb phrase camp out

camp

1
[ kamp ]
/ kæmp /

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to put or station (troops) in a camp; shelter.

Origin of camp

1
1520–30; < Middle French can, camp, orig. dial. (Normandy, Picardy) or < Old Provençal < Italian campo < Latin campus field; compare Old English campe, compe battle, battlefield (cognate with German Kampf struggle) < Germanic < Latin

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British Dictionary definitions for camp out

Camp

/ (kæmp) /

noun

Walter (Chauncey). 1859–1925, US sportsman and administrator; he introduced new rules to American football, which distinguished it from rugby.

camp

1
/ (kæmp) /

noun

verb

Derived Formscamping, noun

Word Origin for camp

C16: from Old French, ultimately from Latin campus field

camp

2
/ (kæmp) informal /

adjective

effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc
homosexual
consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste

verb

(tr) to perform or invest with a camp quality
camp it up
  1. to seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc
  2. to flaunt one's homosexuality

noun

a camp quality, style, etc

Word Origin for camp

C20: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for camp out
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Medicine definitions for camp out

cAMP

abbr.

cyclic AMP

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Idioms and Phrases with camp out

camp out

Sleep outdoors; also, stay somewhere for an unusually long time. For example, “We camped out in a field this night” (George Washington, Journal, March 18, 1748). In the early 1900s, the expression was extended to figurative uses, meaning simply “to stay somewhere for an unusually long time,” as in She camped out at the stage door, hoping for an autograph.

camp

In addition to the idioms beginning with camp

  • camp follower
  • camp it up
  • camp out

also see:

  • break camp
  • foot in both camps
  • happy camper
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