WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
camp1 /kæmp/USA pronunciation   n. 
    • [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.
  1. Military army life:[uncountable]Training camp was very tough.
  2. a recreation area in the country, with many facilities for sports: [countable]an expensive camp upstate.[uncountable]The kids are in camp this summer.
  3. 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]
  1. to establish or put together a camp:The army camped by the river.
  2. 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. 
  1. something that amuses because it is exaggerated or tasteless:a lot of camp in that performance.

v. [no object]
  1. Also, camp it up. to speak or behave in a teasing or too theatrical manner:camped it up during their show.

  1. campy: camp Hollywood musicals.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
camp1  (kamp),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. such tents or shelters collectively:The regiment transported its camp in trucks.
  3. the persons so sheltered:The camp slept through the storm.
  4. the act of camping out:Camp is far more pleasant in summer than in winter.
  5. any temporary structure, as a tent or cabin, used on an outing or vacation.
  6. a group of troops, workers, etc., camping and moving together.
  7. army life.
  8. a group of people favoring the same ideals, doctrines, etc.:Most American voters are divided into two camps, Republicans and Democrats.
  9. any position in which ideals, doctrines, etc., are strongly entrenched:After considering the other side's argument, he changed camps.
  10. a recreation area in the country, equipped with extensive facilities for sports.
  11. See  day camp. 
  12. See  summer camp. 

  1. to establish or pitch a camp:The army camped in the valley.
  2. 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.
  3. to reside or lodge somewhere temporarily or irregularly, esp. in an apartment, room, etc.:They camped in our apartment whenever they came to town.
  4. to settle down securely and comfortably;
    become ensconced:The kids camped on our porch until the rain stopped.
  5. to take up a position stubbornly:They camped in front of the president's office.

  1. to put or station (troops) in a camp;
  • Latin
  • Gmc
  • 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
  • 1520–30

camp2  (kamp),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. 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.
  2. a person who adopts a teasing, theatrical manner, esp. for the amusement of others.

  1. Also,  camp it up. to speak or behave in a coquettishly playful or extravagantly theatrical manner.

  1. 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.  Walter Chaun•cey  (chônsē, chän-),USA pronunciation 1859–1925, U.S. football coach and author.
cAMP  (kamp),USA pronunciation n. [Biochem.]
  1. BiochemistrySee  cyclic AMP. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

Camp /kæmp/ n
  1. Walter (Chauncey). 1859–1925, US sportsman and administrator; he introduced new rules to American football, which distinguished it from rugby.

camp /kæmp/ n
  1. a place where tents, cabins, or other temporary structures are erected for the use of military troops, for training soldiers, etc
  2. tents, cabins, etc, used as temporary lodgings by a group of travellers, holiday-makers, Scouts, etc
  3. the group of people living in such lodgings
  4. South African a field or paddock fenced off as pasture
  5. a group supporting a given doctrine or theory: the socialist camp
  6. Austral a place where sheep or cattle gather to rest
  1. (intransitive) often followed by down: to establish or set up a camp
  2. (intransitive) often followed by out: to live temporarily in or as if in a tent
Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French, ultimately from Latin campus field

ˈcamping n
camp /kæmp/ informal adj
  1. effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc
  2. homosexual
  3. consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste
  1. (transitive) to perform or invest with a camp quality
  2. camp it upto seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc
  3. to flaunt one's homosexuality
Etymology: 20th Century: of uncertain origin

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