camp


1camp

noun, often attributive \ˈkamp\

Definition of CAMP

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
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
:  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

2camp

verb

Definition of CAMP

intransitive verb
1
:  to make camp or occupy a camp
2
:  to live temporarily in a camp or outdoors —often used with out
3
:  to take up one's quarters :  lodge
4
:  to take up one's position :  settle down —often used with out <camp out in the library for the afternoon>
transitive verb
:  to put into a camp; also :  accommodate

First Known Use of CAMP

1543

3camp

noun

Definition of CAMP

1
:  exaggerated effeminate mannerisms exhibited especially by homosexuals
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a :  something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing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>
camp·i·ly \ˈkam-pə-lē\ adverb
camp·i·ness \-pē-nəs\ noun
campy \ˈkam-pē\ adjective

Origin of CAMP

origin unknown
First Known Use: circa 1909

4camp

adjective

Definition of CAMP

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

First Known Use of CAMP

1909

5camp

verb

Definition of CAMP

intransitive verb
:  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>

First Known Use of CAMP

1925

Camp

biographical name \ˈkamp\

Definition of CAMP

Walter Chauncey 1859–1925 Am. football coach

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