WORD ORIGIN noun a person who camps out for recreation, especially in the wilderness. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for campering noun a person who lives or temporarily stays in a tent, cabin, etc a vehicle equipped for camping out
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Word Origin and History for campering 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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