\ 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 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 Her campy fashion moments are always fun, of course, but this glamorous style is even more promising. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Lizzo Shakes Up Her Signature Look at the Grammys," 14 Mar. 2021 Whatever the look, a Gottmik outfit is always campy, but nods to high-fashion designers: See their rainbow latex dress and crash dummy couture for evidence. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Gottmik, the First Trans Man on Drag Race, Is Already a Winner, Baby," 3 Mar. 2021 Rory Davis, who teaches campy dance classes in Dolores Park, in a mask. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "In a city that refuses to lose heart, San Francisco General Hospital fundraiser is as ardent as ever," 10 Feb. 2021 This musical was designed to be campy and funny, not musically exciting. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Every Rusical from 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' Ranked Worst to Best," 18 Feb. 2021 Her vibe is confrontational and campy; Brooks finds her uncouth. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” Is Culturally Sensitive Trash," 8 Feb. 2021 At the end of the week, Jugenburg made his first cameo on Dr. Miami’s feed, in a campy knighting scene. Katherine Laidlaw, Wired, "Your Body, Your Self, Your Surgeon, His Instagram," 19 Jan. 2021 It’s a fun, harmless movie — a campy, playful homage to femme fatales. New York Times, "Louise Linton Has Made a Movie," 9 Jan. 2021 The song by ’70s rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival soundtracks a campy video featuring models frolicking on a mountain trail in the Alps wearing pieces from The North Face x Gucci capsule collection. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gucci and The North Face Take a Hike," 22 Dec. 2020

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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 10 Apr. 2021.

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