1

camp

noun, often attributive \ ˈkamp \

Definition of camp

1 a :a place usually away from urban areas where tents or simple buildings (such 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 and Etymology of camp

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


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camp

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

Origin and Etymology of camp

see 1camp


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camp

noun

Definition of camp

1 a :something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing
  • This version of the play is camp: outrageous in concept and wild in its execution with double entendres flying every which way.
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
2 :exaggerated effeminate mannerisms (as of speech or gesture)

campily

play \ˈkam-pə-lē\ adverb

campiness

play \-pē-nəs\ noun

campy

play \ˈkam-pē\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of camp

origin unknown


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camp

adjective

Definition of camp

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

Origin and Etymology of camp

see 3camp


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camp

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

Origin and Etymology of camp

see 3camp


Camp

biographical name \ ˈkamp \

Definition of Camp

Walter Chauncey 1859–1925 American football coach


CAMP Defined for Kids

1

camp

noun \ ˈkamp \

Definition of camp for Students

1 :a place where temporary shelters are erected
  • The hikers set up camp for the night.
2 :a place or program for recreation or instruction usually during the summer

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camp

verb

Definition of camp for Students

camped; camping
1 :to make or occupy a camp
  • The travelers camped under a large tree.
2 :to sleep outdoors usually in a tent
  • We camped out overnight.

Medical Dictionary

cAMP

abbreviation

medical Definition of cAMP

cyclic AMP


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