\ 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

Other Words from campy

campily \ ˈkam-​pə-​lē How to pronounce campy (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 campy (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

Examples of campy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Champagne before noon, the works) and add a drag show (lip-synching, campy makeup, and of course, drag queens). Nico Avalle, Bon Appétit, 22 June 2022 But making things, and making music and videos is a way for all of that competing energy to be really graceful and be really beautiful and elegant, and have these fantastical, campy, high-brow, low-brow energies all at once. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 16 June 2022 Expect campy beach decor on the patio and other additions to the menu, including summertime staples such as Shiner Ruby Redbird and, yes, Naturdays. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 Dolce and Gabbana can make elegant, lovely clothing, but this was the campy Sicilian widow side of their aesthetic. New York Times, 23 May 2022 Ronia Tamar Goldberg, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, created the unique, sometimes campy, niche of Angelyne that is pure Hollywood icon of the ’70s. Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2022 The result, then, was Darkman; this movie is weird, twisted, campy, and fun in a lot of ways. Evan Romano, Men's Health, 25 May 2022 During his tenure working on Batman in the early Seventies, Adams is credited with infusing a dark realism in the comic book franchise then associated with the campy, colorful Adam West-starring TV series. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 29 Apr. 2022 The covers of these World War II era comic book were not anything like the campy, upbeat Batman television series starring Adam West, which aired weekly on ABC from 1966 to 1968—same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of campy

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Campy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2022.

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