\ ˈkam-pē How to pronounce campy (audio) \
campier; campiest

Definition of campy

: in the style of camp : absurdly exaggerated, artificial, or affected in a usually humorous way campy horror movies campy humor Witnessing their synchronized routine, he almost expects them to break into some campy chorus line from one of the seedier nightclubs.— Margaret Atwood He could modify his outbursts into what were sometimes hilariously campy performances.— Robert Gray

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Other Words from campy

campily \ ˈkam-​pə-​lē How to pronounce campily (audio) \ adverb
The new film promises to be as campily outrageous as its predecessors. — John Stark … the Addams Family, the campily macabre clan created by the late cartoonist Charles Addams … — Margot Dougherty
campiness \ ˈkam-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce campiness (audio) \ noun
… hoped to take Rocketeer to a much higher level of sophistication and avoid the campiness of some of the more recent comics-inspired films. — Ron Magid … a power-mad despot, played with exhilarating campiness by John Malkovich. — Steven Rebello

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Instead, what Youngblood does is campy, frenetic, and fast: a montage of reactions, from the girls vomiting to high-fiving to cackling in their thick Texan accents above their enemy's corpse. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "Wolfenstein: Youngblood Is a Rare Game About Sisterhood," 30 July 2019 The designer himself got campy with his look, adding a top hat and oversized sunglasses. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Channels the Ice Queen at the Met Gala," 7 May 2019 The pressure must be intense to dress up for the year's most creative red carpet — but celebrities like Awkwafina, Keiynan Lonsdale, and Madelaine Petsch came with their most campy looks and killed it. Teen Vogue, "All the Stars Who Made Their Met Gala Debut This Year," 6 May 2019 His Scar was campy and incredibly cheeky, whereas the new movie's Scar (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is more mundanely terrifying. Sonia Rao,, "How do the ‘Lion King’ movies compare? A closer look at 6 key elements," 20 July 2019 Both families of movies, though, have for the most part turned away from the campy tone that mars Tim Burton’s (and especially Joel Schumacher’s) Batman films. Kyle Smith, National Review, "How Batman Begins Changed the Movies," 19 July 2019 One of the ones right now that's resonating is having created my fourth solo show that's deeply exploring a subject but in a campy way that involves playing multiple characters and puppetry but exploring larger ideas through that. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Why BenDeLaCreme Is Indulging Wedding Fantasies While Questioning the Institution," 2 July 2019 Shoulder pads sort of came back in style in recent years, but in a truly campy way: It winked at the past, knowing that the look is sculpted but a little silly, and then dared to be taken seriously. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Who Wore the Biggest Shoulders at the 2019 Met Gala? An Investigation," 7 May 2019 But the real star here is Black, who ups the theatrics to an 11 in a way that is both campy and creepy. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "Horror for Dummies: The 9 Best Killer Doll Movies to Stream Right Now," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of campy

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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