camp

1
[kamp]

noun

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

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

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 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

camp

2
[kamp]

noun

something that provides sophisticated, knowing amusement, as by virtue of its being artlessly mannered or stylized, self-consciously artificial and extravagant, or teasingly ingenuous and sentimental.
a person who adopts a teasing, theatrical manner, especially for the amusement of others.

verb (used without object)

Also camp it up. to speak or behave in a coquettishly playful or extravagantly theatrical manner.

adjective

campy: camp Hollywood musicals of the 1940s.

Origin of camp

2
1905–10; perhaps dial. camp impetuous, uncouth person (see kemp1); hence, slightly objectionable, effeminate, homosexual; in some senses probably special use of camp1 brothel, meeting place of male homosexuals

Camp

[kamp]

noun

Walter Chaun·cey [chawn-see, chahn-] /ˈtʃɔn si, ˈtʃɑn-/, 1859–1925, U.S. football coach and author.

cAMP

[kamp]

noun Biochemistry.

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British Dictionary definitions for camp

camp

1

noun

a place where tents, cabins, or other temporary structures are erected for the use of military troops, for training soldiers, etc
the military life
tents, cabins, etc, used as temporary lodgings by a group of travellers, holiday-makers, Scouts, etc
the group of people living in such lodgings
Southern African a field or paddock fenced off as pasture
a group supporting a given doctrine or theorythe socialist camp
Australian a place where sheep or cattle gather to rest
(modifier) suitable for use in temporary quarters, on holiday, etc, esp by being portable and easy to set upa camp bed; a camp chair

verb

(intr often foll by down) to establish or set up a camp
(intr often foll by out) to live temporarily in or as if in a tent
(tr) to put in a camp
Derived Formscamping, noun

Word Origin for camp

C16: from Old French, ultimately from Latin campus field

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

Camp

noun

Walter (Chauncey). 1859–1925, US sportsman and administrator; he introduced new rules to American football, which distinguished it from rugby.
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Word Origin and History for camp
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Medicine definitions for camp

cAMP

abbr.

cyclic AMP

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Idioms and Phrases with camp

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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