\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 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 Hunter clawed his way back 30 years later by lampooning his former self in campy comedies. Gina Piccalo,, "Actor Tab Hunter dies at 86; '50s heartthrob's career ranged from 'Battle Cry' to 'Polyester'," 9 July 2018 The writers unsuccessfully attempt to ascribe capital-M meaning to philosophical debates or campy metaphorical sequences. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: HBO's 'Here and Now' is a convoluted mess of a drama," 8 Feb. 2018 For real, though: The Mean Girls musical is a deliciously campy, over-the-top affair that's just as funny as the original film. Melissa Minton, Glamour, "'Mean Girls' Leads the 2018 Tony Awards With 12 Total Nominations," 1 May 2018 The overall tone of the series since Bethesda has taken it over has also gone from stark and serious to campy and absurd. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Fallout 76 sparks more fan anxiety about direction of series," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of campy

circa 1941, in the meaning defined above

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