- Walter (Chauncey). 1859–1925, US sportsman and administrator; he introduced new rules to American football, which distinguished it from rugby.
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
- [countable] a place where a group of people sleeps in tents or other temporary shelters:an army camp; a prison camp.
- [uncountable] such tents or shelters when thought of as a group:He wrote us several letters from camp.
- [uncountable] the persons in this place or shelter:The whole camp was up and running.
- Military army life:[uncountable]Training camp was very tough.
- a recreation area in the country, with many facilities for sports: [countable]an expensive camp upstate.[uncountable]The kids are in camp this summer.
- a group of people favoring the same ideals, etc.:[countable]Last year, Senator, you were in a camp calling for increased taxes.
v. [no object]
- to establish or put together a camp:The army camped by the river.
- camp out, [no object] to live or sleep in a tent or shelter temporarily: They camped out by the stream.
camp2 /kæmp/USA pronunciation n.
- something that amuses because it is exaggerated or tasteless:a lot of camp in that performance.
v. [no object]
- Also, camp it up. to speak or behave in a teasing or too theatrical manner:camped it up during their show.
- campy: camp Hollywood musicals.
- a place where an army or other group of persons or an individual is lodged in a tent or tents or other temporary means of shelter.
- such tents or shelters collectively:The regiment transported its camp in trucks.
- the persons so sheltered:The camp slept through the storm.
- the act of camping out:Camp is far more pleasant in summer than in winter.
- any temporary structure, as a tent or cabin, used on an outing or vacation.
- a group of troops, workers, etc., camping and moving together.
- army life.
- a group of people favoring the same ideals, doctrines, etc.:Most American voters are divided into two camps, Republicans and Democrats.
- any position in which ideals, doctrines, etc., are strongly entrenched:After considering the other side's argument, he changed camps.
- a recreation area in the country, equipped with extensive facilities for sports.
- See day camp.
- See summer camp.
- to establish or pitch a camp:The army camped in the valley.
- to live temporarily in or as if in a camp or outdoors, usually for recreation (often fol. by out):They camped by the stream for a week.
- to reside or lodge somewhere temporarily or irregularly, esp. in an apartment, room, etc.:They camped in our apartment whenever they came to town.
- to settle down securely and comfortably;
become ensconced:The kids camped on our porch until the rain stopped.
- to take up a position stubbornly:They camped in front of the president's office.
- to put or station (troops) in a camp;
- Latin campus field; compare Old English campe, compe battle, battlefield (cognate with German Kampf struggle)
- Italian campo
- Old Provencal
- Middle French can, camp, origin, originally dialect, dialectal (Normandy, Picardy) or
camp2 (kamp),USA pronunciation n.
- something that provides sophisticated, knowing amusement, as by virtue of its being artlessly mannered or stylized, self-consciously artificial and extravagant, or teasingly ingenuous and sentimental.
- a person who adopts a teasing, theatrical manner, esp. for the amusement of others.
- Also, camp it up. to speak or behave in a coquettishly playful or extravagantly theatrical manner.
- campy:camp Hollywood musicals of the 1940s.
- 1905–10; perh. dialect, dialectal camp impetuous, uncouth person (see kemp1); hence, slightly objectionable, effeminate, homosexual; in some senses probably special use of camp1 brothel, meeting place of male homosexuals
Camp (kamp),USA pronunciation n.
cAMP (kamp),USA pronunciation n. [Biochem.]
- BiochemistrySee cyclic AMP.
- a place where tents, cabins, or other temporary structures are erected for the use of military troops, for training soldiers, etc
- tents, cabins, etc, used as temporary lodgings by a group of travellers, holiday-makers, Scouts, etc
- the group of people living in such lodgings
- South African a field or paddock fenced off as pasture
- a group supporting a given doctrine or theory: the socialist camp
- Austral a place where sheep or cattle gather to rest
- (intransitive) often followed by down: to establish or set up a camp
- (intransitive) often followed by out: to live temporarily in or as if in a tent
- effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc
- consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste
- (transitive) to perform or invest with a camp quality
- camp it up ⇒ to seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc
- to flaunt one's homosexuality