campy

adjective
\ ˈkam-pē \
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 \ 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 \ 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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The visual reads like a millennial version of an old Frankie Avalon video (albeit much less campy), finding Sivan alone on a beach trying to flirt with the hunky local bartender. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Watch Troye Sivan Romp Around in His Breezy New Music Video," 10 Jan. 2019 Fittingly, the gala will be co-hosted by two campy fashion aficionados: Lady Gaga and Harry Styles. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 2019 Met Gala Theme Is Perfect for Its Hosts, Lady Gaga and Harry Styles," 9 Oct. 2018 Halloween decorations usually veer into one of three categories—creepy, cutesy, or campy—but this latest trend nails the trifecta. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Zombie Flamingos Will Scare The Flock Out Of Your Neighbors This Halloween," 20 Sep. 2018 Yup, let that campy gravitas and pain sink in for a minute. D. Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "New "Riverdale" Season 3 Trailer Features a Satanic Ritual, Jughead in Trouble, and More," 29 Aug. 2018 The indefatigable Stephen Daldry directs this, too, and the ensemble of chattering, witty, thoughtful, campy friends (snaps to Michael Walters and Hubert Burton, reappearing as a conceptual artist) is faultless. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "What’s on at the Theater? A Comprehensive Guide to London’s Best Shows This Fall," 18 Oct. 2018 Could Marie Kondo — arguably today’s hottest organizing expert, who’s sold more than 5 million copies of her book, The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up — restore order and redeem the campy comeback item? Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Can Marie Kondo Conquer Caboodles?," 17 Aug. 2018 And in an age of food-savvy travelers, its campy revolving restaurant can’t compete with James Beard–approved eateries in nearby neighborhoods Belltown and Queen Anne. Jessica Voelker, Condé Nast Traveler, "Seattle’s Space Needle Unveils Its $100M Renovation," 2 Aug. 2018 Along the way, Mr. Ferver’s choreography for himself regularly involves vamping and club-dancing riffs; his work for the other characters comes in spurts with similarly campy tones. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of campy

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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