[ 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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for campering


/ (ˈkæmpə) /


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper