- The definition of a camp is where people live for a short period of time.
- An example of a camp is your tent while at the Burning Man festival.
- An example of a camp is where the military live while in training.
Tents in a re-enactment of a Revolutionary War soldiers camp.
- a place where tents, huts, barracks, or other more or less temporary structures have been put up, as for soldiers in training or in bivouac
- military life
- a group of people who support or advance a common opinion, cause, etc.
- the position taken by such a group
- a tent, cabin, etc., or a group of these, used for temporary lodging, as by hunters or fishermen
- a place in the country for vacationers, esp. children, with outdoor recreation, often organized and supervised
- the people living in a camp
Origin of camporig., homosexual jargonSlang
- banality, mediocrity, artifice, ostentation, etc. so extreme as to amuse or have a perversely sophisticated appeal
- exaggerated effeminate mannerisms, usually affected for amusement
Origin of campFrench ; from Old ProvenÃ§al ; from Classical Latin campus, a field: see campus
- to set up a camp; encamp
- to live or stay in or as if in a camp: often with out
- to put into a camp
- to provide with accommodations
camp it up☆
- a. A place where tents, huts, or other temporary shelters are set up, as by soldiers, nomads, or travelers.b. A cabin or shelter or group of such buildings: gathered branches and grasses for a makeshift camp; had a fishing camp in Vermont.c. The people using such shelters: a howl that awakened the whole camp.
- a. A place in the country that offers simple group accommodations and organized recreation or instruction, as for vacationing children: a girls' summer camp; a tennis camp.b. Sports A place where athletes engage in intensive training, especially preseason training.c. The people attending the programs at such a place.
- A prison camp or concentration camp.
- Military service; army life.
- A group of people who think alike or share a cause; side: The council members disagreed, falling into liberal and conservative camps.
verbcamped, camp·ing, camps
- To make or set up a camp.
- To live in or as if in a camp; settle: We camped in the apartment until the furniture arrived.
Origin of campObsolete French, perhaps from Italian or Spanish campo, all from Latin campus, field.
- Showing or characterized by camp: played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect.
- Given to or characterized by exaggerated, effeminate mannerisms.
verbcamped, camp·ing, camps
- To act in a histrionic or exaggerated manner.
- To act in an exaggerated, effeminate manner.
Origin of campOrigin unknown.
- An outdoor place acting as temporary accommodation in tents or other temporary structures.
- An organised event, often taking place in tents or temporary accommodation.
- A base of a military group, not necessarily temporary.
- A single hut or shelter.
- a hunter's camp
- The company or body of persons encamped.
- A group of people with the same strong ideals or political leanings.
- An affected, exaggerated or intentionally tasteless style.
- (uncommon) campus
- (informal) A summer camp.
- (agriculture) A mound of earth in which potatoes and other vegetables are stored for protection against frost; called also burrow and pie.
(comparative camper, superlative campest)
(third-person singular simple present camps, present participle camping, simple past and past participle camped)
- To live in a tent or similar temporary accommodation.
- We're planning to camp in the field until Sunday.
- To set up a camp.
- To afford rest or lodging for.
- (video games) To stay in an advantageous location in a video game, such as next to a power-up's spawning point or in order to guard an area.
- The easiest way to win on this map is to camp the double damage.
- Go and camp the flag for the win.
- CAPM, CPAM
From Middle English camp (“battlefield, open space”), from Old English camp (“battle, contest, battlefield, open space”), from Proto-Germanic *kampaz, *kampą (“open field where military exercises are held, level plain”), from Latin campus (“open field, level plain”), from Proto-Indo-European *kamp- (“to bend; crooked”). Reinforced circa 1520 by Middle French can, camp (“place where an army lodges temporarily”), from Old Northern French camp, from the same Latin source (whence also French champ from Old French). Cognate with Old High German champf (“battle, struggle”) (German Kampf), Old Norse kapp (“battle”), Old High German hamf (“paralysed, maimed, mutilated”).