\ 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

Examples of campy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keough is initially an engaging presence but Grace’s gradual, inevitable descent into madness is not that interesting to watch; neither broad and campy nor precise and heartbreaking. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The Lodge Is a House of Horrors With Nothing Inside," 7 Feb. 2020 The movie with Tim Curry, Lesley Ann Warren and Martin Mull upped the campy aspect of the game. Laura Demarco, cleveland, "‘Clue’ at Cleveland Play House: The game’s afoot with campy laughs and thrills (review)," 1 Feb. 2020 The latter is meant to be fun, campy, and over-the-top; however, there's real nuance in Dare Me. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "USA's New TV Show Dare Me Is Bring It On Meets Spring Breakers—and So Addicting," 27 Dec. 2019 Carrere is having the most fun of anyone in the cast, pumping Lady Danger with classic campy dastardliness, like a baddy straight out a John Waters film. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'AJ and the Queen': TV Review," 10 Jan. 2020 But Cats the film is not Cat People the film, neither the 1942 horror classic nor Paul Schrader’s campy 1982 remake. Daniel Drake, The New York Review of Books, "The Slog Comes in on Little Cat Feet," 4 Jan. 2020 The Washington Psychotronic Film Society’s weekly screenings in the basement of the Adams Morgan beer bar skew toward the bizarre and campy, but this one might outdo its previous selections. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area over Labor Day weekend," 29 Aug. 2019 In the spring of 1963, the two bought a house at 1712 North Crescent Heights Boulevard, in the Hollywood Hills, and went about filling it with Warhols, Lichtensteins, Rauschenbergs, and campy Art Nouveau goodies. Mark Rozzo, The New Yorker, "Dennis Hopper’s Quiet Vision of Nineteen-Sixties Hollywood," 22 Dec. 2019 What started as a smart, stylish mystery, boasting a dynamic central performance by Viola Davis, has devolved into a campy mess. oregonlive, "2019 TV cancellations: Shows we won’t miss, and others we hate to see go," 19 Dec. 2019

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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 22 Feb. 2020.

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