Tents in a re-enactment of a Revolutionary War soldiers camp.
- 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.
The definition of a camp is where people live for a short period of time.
- 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 Provençal from Classical Latin campus, a field: see campus
Slang characterized by camp (noun)
- 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
to dismantle a camp; pack up camping equipment and go away
camp it up
Slang to behave in a camp way
1859-1925; U.S. football authority and coach
- 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.
To shelter or lodge in a camp; encamp: They camped themselves by a river.
Origin of campEarly Modern English from Middle French probably from Italian or Spanish campo both from Latin campus field ; see campus.
Deliberate affectation or exaggeration of style, especially of popular or outdated style, for ironic or humorous effect: “Camp is popularity plus vulgarity plus innocence” ( Indra Jahalani )
- 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.
To exaggerate or overdramatize: camped up the characters in the play.
Origin of campOrigin unknown
- Central Atlantic magmatic province