[ kam-per ]
/ ˈkæm pər /


a person who camps out for recreation, especially in the wilderness.
a person who attends a summer camp or day camp.
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)

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

Definition for camper (2 of 2)

[ kamp ]
/ kæmp /


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.


campy: camp Hollywood musicals of the 1940s.

Origin of camp

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for camper (1 of 4)

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a person who lives or temporarily stays in a tent, cabin, etc
a vehicle equipped for camping out

British Dictionary definitions for camper (2 of 4)

/ (kæmp) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for camper (3 of 4)

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Derived forms of camp

camping, noun

Word Origin for camp

C16: from Old French, ultimately from Latin campus field

British Dictionary definitions for camper (4 of 4)

/ (kæmp) informal /


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


(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


a camp quality, style, etc

Word Origin for camp

C20: of uncertain origin
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Medical definitions for camper



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Idioms and Phrases with camper


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