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camp

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noun, often attributive \ˈkamp\

Definition of camp

  1. 1 a :  a place usually away from urban areas where tents or simple buildings (as cabins) are erected for shelter or for temporary residence (as for laborers, prisoners, or vacationers) <migrant labor camp> b :  a group of tents, cabins, or huts <fishing camps along the river> c :  a settlement newly sprung up in a lumbering or mining region d :  a place usually in the country for recreation or instruction often during the summer <goes to camp every July>; also :  a program offering access to recreational or educational facilities for a limited period of time <computer camp> <a resort offering boating and hiking camps> e :  a preseason training session for athletes <the star pitcher injured in camp this spring>

  2. 2 a :  a body of persons encamped b (1) :  a group of persons; especially :  a group engaged in promoting or defending a theory, doctrine, position, or person (2) :  an ideological position

  3. 3 :  military service or life



Origin of camp

Middle French, probably from Middle French dialect (Picard) or Old Occitan, from Latin campus plain, field


First Known Use: 1528

Rhymes with camp


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camp

verb

Definition of camp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make camp or occupy a camp

  3. 2 :  to live temporarily in a camp or outdoors —often used with out

  4. 3 :  to take up one's quarters :  lodge

  5. 4 :  to take up one's position :  settle down —often used with out <camp out in the library for the afternoon>

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  to put into a camp; also :  accommodate



1543

First Known Use of camp

1543


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camp

noun

Definition of camp

  1. 1 :  exaggerated effeminate mannerisms exhibited especially by homosexuals

  2. 2 a :  something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing b :  a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture <a movie that celebrates camp>

campily play \ˈkam-pə-lē\ adverb
campiness play \-pē-nəs\ noun
campy play \ˈkam-pē\ adjective


Origin of camp

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1909


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camp

adjective

Definition of camp

  1. :  of, relating to, being, or displaying camp <camp send-ups of the songs of the fifties and sixties — John Elsom>



1909

First Known Use of camp

1909


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camp

verb

Definition of camp

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to engage in camp :  exhibit the qualities of camp <he … was camping, hands on hips, with a quick eye to notice every man who passed by — R. M. McAlmon>



1925

First Known Use of camp

1925


Camp

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biographical name \ˈkamp\

Definition of Camp

  1. Walter Chauncey 1859–1925 Am. football coach





CAMP Defined for Kids

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camp

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noun \ˈkamp\

Definition of camp for Students

  1. 1 :  a place where temporary shelters are erected <The hikers set up camp for the night.>

  2. 2 :  a place or program for recreation or instruction usually during the summer




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camp

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verb

Definition of camp for Students

campedcamping

  1. 1 :  to make or occupy a camp <The travelers camped under a large tree.>

  2. 2 :  to sleep outdoors usually in a tent <We camped out overnight.>




Medical Dictionary

cAMP

abbreviation

Medical Definition of cAMP

  1. cyclic AMP





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