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Dictionary Definition

camp adj : providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities; "they played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect"; "campy Hollywood musicals of the 1940's" [syn: campy]


1 temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers; "wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling" [syn: encampment, cantonment, bivouac]
2 a group of people living together in a camp; "the whole camp laughed at his mistake"
3 temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers; "level ground is best for parking and camp areas"
4 an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose [syn: clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack]
5 a prison for forced laborers; "China has many work camps for political prisoners"
6 something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality; "the livingroom was pure camp"
7 shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs [syn: refugee camp]
8 a site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months; "city kids get to see the country at a summer camp" [syn: summer camp]


1 live in or as if in a tent; "Can we go camping again this summer?"; "The circus tented near the town"; "The houseguests had to camp in the living room" [syn: encamp, camp out, bivouac, tent]
2 establish or set up a camp [syn: camp down]
3 give an artificially banal or sexual quality to

User Contributed Dictionary



Via Old French, ultimately from Latin campus.



  1. An outdoor place acting as temporary accommodation in tents or other temporary structures.
  2. An organised event, often taking place in tents or temporary accommodation.
  3. A base of a military group, not necessarily temporary.
  4. A group of people with the same ideals or political leanings, strongly supported.
  5. An affected, exaggerated or intentionally tasteless style.


outdoor place
organized event


camp ( camper, campest)
  1. Theatrical; making exaggerated gestures.
  2. In the context of "of a gay man": Ostentatiously effeminate.
  3. Intentionally tasteless or vulgar, self-parodying.


gay man
related to a camp


  1. To live in a tent or similar temporary accommodation.
    We're planning to camp in the field until Sunday.
  2. To stay in an advantageous location in a first-person shooter game, for example, next to a power-up or to guard an area.
    The easiest way to win on this map is to camp the double damage.
    Go and camp the flag for the win.
  3. To behave in a camp manner.
    Don't camp up your performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night this time.
  4. (gay slang) To troll for sexual partners.
    Looks like he's going to camp for some hot bois tonight.
  5. (gay slang) To chat up a guy in the hopes of getting him into bed.
    You should camp that cute guy.


to live in a tent
to stay in advantageous location
to behave in a camp manner
to troll
to chat up

Old English


Latin campus


camp or


  1. an enclosed piece of land

Extensive Definition

Camp may refer to:

Outdoor accommodation and recreation

  • Campsite or campground, a recreational outdoor sleeping and eating site
  • Resources camp erected for logging, fishing, mining, etc.
  • Summer camp, typically organized for groups of children or youth
  • A term used in New England, Northern Ontario and New Brunswick to describe a cottage

Gatherings of people

Areas of imprisonment or confinement

Geographical locations


  • Camp (film), a 2003 independent film, written and directed by Todd Graff, about an upstate New York performing arts summer camp
  • Camp Records, a 1960s record label that specialized in producing gay-themed novelty records and singles

Other uses

See also

camp in German: Camp
camp in French: Camp
camp in Japanese: キャンプ (曖昧さ回避)
camp in Dutch: Camp
camp in Finnish: Camp (täsmennysivu)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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