Words at Play : Top 10 Favorite Definitions
Prev

#1: Camp

For this list, the editors who write the Merriam-Webster dictionary selected some of their favorite definitions, and explained why they chose them.

The Definition:

camp (in the sense of "campy") : something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing

Editor's Note:

"'Camp' is an elusive concept – you could write a whole essay trying to explain what it means, as Susan Sontag did in 1964. But this definition manages to pin down its meaning in just 13 words."

Prev
goto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slidegoto slide
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
April 27, 2015
savvy Hear it
to understand
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears