camp it up

Definition of camp it up

informal
:to act with exaggerated speech or gestures
  • He really camped it up on stage.

Word by Word Definitions

camp play
  1. : 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)

  2. : a group of tents, cabins, or huts

  3. : a settlement newly sprung up in a lumbering or mining region

  1. : to make camp or occupy a camp

  2. : to live temporarily in a camp or outdoors

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

  1. : something so outrageously artificial, affected, inappropriate, or out-of-date as to be considered amusing

  2. : a style or mode of personal or creative expression that is absurdly exaggerated and often fuses elements of high and popular culture

  3. : exaggerated effeminate mannerisms (as of speech or gesture)

  1. : of, relating to, being, or displaying camp

  1. : to engage in camp : exhibit the qualities of camp

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated


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