- a place where an army or other group of persons or an individual is lodged in a tent or tents or other temporary means of shelter.
- such tents or shelters collectively: The regiment transported its camp in trucks.
- the persons so sheltered: The camp slept through the storm.
- the act of camping out: Camp is far more pleasant in summer than in winter.
- any temporary structure, as a tent or cabin, used on an outing or vacation.
- a group of troops, workers, etc., camping and moving together.
- army life.
- a group of people favoring the same ideals, doctrines, etc.: Most American voters are divided into two camps, Republicans and Democrats.
- any position in which ideals, doctrines, etc., are strongly entrenched: After considering the other side's argument, he changed camps.
- a recreation area in the country, equipped with extensive facilities for sports.
- day camp.
- summer camp.
- to establish or pitch a camp: The army camped in the valley.
- to live temporarily in or as if in a camp or outdoors, usually for recreation (often followed by out): They camped by the stream for a week.
- to reside or lodge somewhere temporarily or irregularly, especially in an apartment, room, etc.: They camped in our apartment whenever they came to town.
- to settle down securely and comfortably; become ensconced: The kids camped on our porch until the rain stopped.
- to take up a position stubbornly: They camped in front of the president's office.
- to put or station (troops) in a camp; shelter.
Origin of camp1
- 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.
- 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 camp2
Examples from the Web for camping
Contemporary Examples of camping
She stood outside the gates of the festival on the first day with a truck packed with camping gear for the weekend.A Report From the Misunderstood Gathering of the Juggalos
July 28, 2014
No littering,” “no smoking,” “no cooking,” “no camping,” “no dogs,” “no glass containers,” “no alcohol,” “no bonfires.Why I Hate The Beach
P. J. O’Rourke
July 27, 2014
I remember filming out in the woods with Ethan, that camping scene.‘Boyhood’ Star Ellar Coltrane: An Astonishing Debut 12 Years in the Making
July 11, 2014
Some would say camping with Diarrhea on a farm in the middle-of-nowhere-Tennessee is Stoopid.Living by the Bonnaroo Code
Daniel G. Hill
June 12, 2014
Later, he saved up and spent a few years in Latin America, surfing, camping and backpacking.Best Places to Party Around the World
January 18, 2014
Historical Examples of camping
At sunset he would have stopped for the day, camping on the spot.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Well, as I was saying, the camping company consists of two partners.In the Midst of Alarms
The possibilities of her camping out became all the more remote.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The first is: See that for your camping trip is provided a man cook.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Save a camping place for us there on Mount Kronion, under the trees.Buried Cities, Part 2
- Walter (Chauncey). 1859–1925, US sportsman and administrator; he introduced new rules to American football, which distinguished it from rugby.
- 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
- (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
Word Origin for camp
- 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
- to seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc
- to flaunt one's homosexuality
- a camp quality, style, etc
Word Origin for camp
"to encamp," 1540s, from camp (n.). Related: Camped; camping.
"place where an army lodges temporarily," 1520s, from French camp, from Italian campo, from Latin campus "open field, level space" (also source of French champ; see campus), especially "open space for military exercise."
A later reborrowing of the Latin word, which had been taken up in early West Germanic as *kampo-z and appeared originally in Old English as camp "contest, battle, fight, war." This was obsolete by mid-15c. Transferred to non-military senses 1550s. Meaning "body of adherents of a doctrine or cause" is 1871. Camp-follower first attested 1810. Camp-meeting is from 1809, originally usually in reference to Methodists.
"tasteless," 1909, homosexual slang, of uncertain origin, perhaps from mid-17c. French camper "to portray, pose" (as in se camper "put oneself in a bold, provocative pose"); popularized 1964 by Susan Sontag's essay "Notes on Camp." Campy is attested from 1959.
- cyclic AMP
In addition to the idioms beginning with camp
- camp follower
- camp it up
- camp out
- break camp
- foot in both camps
- happy camper