camper

[ kam-per ]
/ ˈkæm pər /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. campbellites,
  2. campbeltown,
  3. campcraft,
  4. campeche,
  5. camped,
  6. camper truck,
  7. camper van,
  8. campernelle jonquil,
  9. campership,
  10. campese

Origin of camper

1625–35; 1960–65 for def 3; camp1 + -er1

camp

2
[ kamp ]
/ kæmp /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for camper

camper

/ (ˈkæmpə) /

noun

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

cAMP

abbr.

cyclic AMP

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Idioms and Phrases with camper

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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