[kamp] /kæmp/
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.
verb (used without object)
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 followed by out):
"They camped by the stream for a week."
to reside or lodge somewhere temporarily or irregularly, especially 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."
verb (used with object)
to put or station (troops) in a camp; shelter.
1520–30; < Middle French can, camp, orig. dial. (Normandy, Picardy) or < Old Provençal < Italian campo < Latin campus field; compare Old English campe, compe battle, battlefield (cognate with German Kampf struggle) < Germanic < Latin


[kamp] /kæmp/
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, especially for the amusement of others.
verb (used without object)
Also, camp it up. to speak or behave in a coquettishly playful or extravagantly theatrical manner.
"camp Hollywood musicals of the 1940s."
1905–10; perhaps dial. 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


[kamp] /kæmp/
Walter Chauncey
[chawn-see,, chahn-] /ˈtʃɔn si,, ˈtʃɑn-/ (Show IPA),
1859–1925, U.S. football coach and author.


[kamp] /kæmp/
noun, Biochemistry
Example Sentences for camp
Here's a hearty seafood stew to cook on-site on a grill or cAMP stove.
Your tent and an outdoor living area are set up when you arrive at cAMP each day.
Students head out from dorms to become interns, caddies, and cAMP counselors.
To make matters worse, when they returned to the refugee cAMP where the photo was taken, it was completely deserted.
The cAMP staff and the scientists who are waiting to leave talk of little else but flight schedules.
Make the butter for these steaks at home before you head out to cAMP.
Willingness to participate in summer field cAMP will be an advantage.
The cAMP medic will check the oxygen saturation levels of our blood several times a day.
The dance pays homage to the boxer's teacher and training cAMP.
Whisk together the dry ingredients at home and then add the wet ingredients and sliced bananas at cAMP.
British Dictionary definitions for camp
camp1 (kæmp)
1.  a place where tents, cabins, or other temporary structures are erected for the use of military troops, for training soldiers, etc
2.  the military life
3.  tents, cabins, etc, used as temporary lodgings by a group of travellers, holiday-makers, Scouts, etc
4.  the group of people living in such lodgings
5.  (South African) a field or paddock fenced off as pasture
6.  a group supporting a given doctrine or theory: the socialist camp
7.  (Austral) a place where sheep or cattle gather to rest
8.  (modifier) suitable for use in temporary quarters, on holiday, etc, esp by being portable and easy to set up: a camp bed; a camp chair
vb (often foll by down) (often foll by out)
9.  to establish or set up a camp
10.  to live temporarily in or as if in a tent
11.  (tr) to put in a camp
[C16: from Old French, ultimately from Latin campus field]

camp2 (kæmp)
1.  effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc
2.  homosexual
3.  consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste
4.  (tr) to perform or invest with a camp quality
5.  camp it up
 a.  to seek to focus attention on oneself by making an ostentatious display, overacting, etc
 b.  to flaunt one's homosexuality
6.  a camp quality, style, etc
[C20: of uncertain origin]

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

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Word Origin and History for camp
W.Gmc. *kampo-z, an early loan from L. campus "open field, level space" (cf. Fr. champ; see campus), especially "open space for military exercise." Originally borrowed as O.E. camp "contest," this was obsolete by mid-15c. Meaning "place where an army lodges temporarily" is a later reborrowing (1520s), from Fr. camp, from It. campo, from the same L. source. Transferred to non-military senses 1550s. Meaning "body of adherents of a doctrine or cause" is 1871. The verb meaning "to encamp" is from 1540s. Camp-follower first attested 1810. Camp-meeting is from 1809, originally usually in reference to Methodists.
"tasteless," 1909, homosexual slang, perhaps from mid-17c. Fr. camper "to portray, pose" (as in se camper "put oneself in a bold, provocative pose"); popularized 1964 by Susan Sontag's essay "Notes on Camp." Campy is attested from 1959.
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camp in Medicine

cAMP abbr.
cyclic AMP

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Slang related to camp


  1. : a camp bar/ the camp scene
  2. : a camp advertisement/ camp clothing
  1. A male homosexual (1940s+ Homosexuals)
  2. Effeminate behavior, such as mincing gait, fluttering gestures, or pronounced lisp (1920s+ Homosexuals)
  3. Something, esp in art, decoration, theater, etc, so naively stylized, artificial, affected, old-fashioned, and inadequate to good modern taste as to be highly amusing and inviting to parody : television's inexhaustible supply of crash courses in camp (1960s+)
  1. (also camp it up): Malcolm was camping perilously in the blue-collar bar
  2. (also camp it up) To behave in a humorously affected, exaggerated way, esp imitating the acting and oratorical styles of the 1800s : She started camping, vamping me like Theda Bara (1960s+)

boot camp, high camp, low camp

[origin uncertain; perhaps, as noted in 1909, referring to a sense ''actions and gestures of exaggerated emphasis,'' it is fr French se camper, ''put oneself in a bold, provocative posture,'' attested fr the mid-1600s; the more modern senses were revived, introduced, and popularized in Susan Sontag's essay ''Notes on Camp,'' published in 1964]

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Related Abbreviations for camp


cyclic adenosine monophosphate


  1. continuous air monitoring program
  2. cyclophosphamide doxorubicin methotrexate procarbazine
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camp in the Bible

During their journeys across the wilderness, the twelve tribes formed encampments at the different places where they halted (Ex. 16:13; Num. 2:3). The diagram here given shows the position of the different tribes and the form of the encampment during the wanderings, according to Num. 1:53; 2:2-31; 3:29, 35, 38; 10:13-28. The area of the camp would be in all about 3 square miles. After the Hebrews entered Palestine, the camps then spoken of were exclusively warlike (Josh. 11:5, 7; Judg. 5:19, 21; 7:1; 1 Sam. 29:1; 30:9, etc.).

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Idioms and Phrases with camp


In addition to the idioms beginning with camp, also see break camp; foot in both camps; happy camper.

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Encyclopedia Article for camp

in military service, an area for temporary or semipermanent sheltering of troops. In most usage the word camp signifies an installation more elaborate and durable than a bivouac but less so than a fort or billet

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