campy

adjective \ ˈkam-pē \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of campy

campier; campiest
: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

campily

play \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

play \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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First Known Use of campy

circa 1941


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