\ 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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People have adopted her use of campy lighting, and her makeup and wig styling have become iconic for the online left. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 In my opinion, a person can never be too prepared for the holiday — there’s candy to buy, costume ideas to brainstorm, spooktacular porch decor to plan, and delightfully campy movies to watch. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About Freeform's '31 Nights of Halloween'," 19 June 2019 But Murder Mystery isn’t even stylishly campy, nor cleverly poking fun at a genre, which, with its glossy, chic class of aristocrats, is ripe for social commentary. Anne Cohen,, "The True Crime In Netflix's Murder Mystery Is How Boring It Is," 15 June 2019 The good news, alas, didn't last, as the movies became increasingly campy, with first Val Kilmer and then George Clooney taking turns under the cowl. Brian Lowry, CNN, "Batman movies have long history of bringing out fans' batty side," 15 June 2019 Former Dance Moms star JoJo Siwa is known for her campy, colorful outfits and her kid-friendly songs. Christina Oehler,, "JoJo Siwa’s Makeup Line Tested Positive for Asbestos—Here’s Why That’s so Dangerous," 10 June 2019 What tumbles forth from this premise is a wild, campy romp. The New York Review of Books, "Namwali Serpell," 2 Mar. 2019 Fans of Tarantino know that lighthearted filmmaking isn't really his style; the director tends to take serious subjects like slavery (Django Unchained) and the Holocaust (Inglourious Basterds) and add his own campy, irreverent spin to them. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "When Is 'Once Upon a Time In Hollywood' Out? Fans Are Pumped," 25 May 2019 Some 200 million people around the world were believed to have watched the annual campy contest with 26 nations battling in the Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "The Netherlands wins Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of campy

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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