campest

camp

2 [kamp]
noun
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, especially for the amusement of others.
verb (used without object)
3.
Also, camp it up. to speak or behave in a coquettishly playful or extravagantly theatrical manner.
adjective
4.
campy: camp Hollywood musicals of the 1940s.

Origin:
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

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camp1 (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.  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]
 
'camping1
 
n

camp2 (kæmp)
 
adj
1.  effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc
2.  homosexual
3.  consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste
 
vb
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
 
n
6.  a camp quality, style, etc
 
[C20: of uncertain origin]

Camp (kæmp)
 
n
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 & History

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.

camp
"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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Medical Dictionary

cAMP abbr.
cyclic AMP

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Slang Dictionary

camp definition


  1. n.
    something cute and out of fashion; something of such an anachronistic style as to be intriguing. : Nobody really knows what style camp really is, and very few even care.
  2. mod.
    and campy. overdone; out of fashion and intriguing. : Most camp entertainment is pretentious and overdrawn.
  3. mod.
    having to do with homosexual persons and matters. : She is so camp, I could scream!
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
cAMP
cyclic adenosine monophosphate
CAMP
  1. continuous air monitoring program

  2. cyclophosphamide doxorubicin methotrexate procarbazine

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Bible Dictionary

Camp definition


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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