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[kam-pee] /ˈkæm pi/
adjective, campier, campiest.
of, relating to, or characterized by camp:
a campy send-up of romantic operetta.
Origin of campy
1955-60; camp2 + -y1
Related forms
campily, adverb
campiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for campy
  • The sitcom's main character isn't good-looking and empathetic nor is he a campy queen.
  • Anyone who loves campy monster movies and doesn't mind it when they spot the zipper.
  • The show is a curious blend of campy entertainment and dead-serious cooking.
  • Critics, on the other hand, are giving the campy vamp flick a lukewarm reception.
  • What keeps our character, and the book, speeding ahead is his dark and campy outlook.
  • Many lyrics from musicals are equally cheesy and campy.
  • But it has well-choreographed action and an amusingly campy feel.
  • The film is also evocative and more than slightly campy.
  • Even in its better moments, the show is campy and melodramatic.
  • Alas, his campy costume is a tight-fitting reddish leather outfit with a silly feathered cap.
British Dictionary definitions for campy


adjective (informal) campier, campiest
effeminate; affected in mannerisms, dress, etc
relating to or considered characteristic of homosexuals
consciously artificial, exaggerated, vulgar, or mannered; self-parodying, esp when in dubious taste
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Slang definitions & phrases for campy


  1. Effeminate; overtly homosexual (1940s+ Homosexuals)
  2. Displaying naive, affected, and old-fashioned style: a campy evocation of WWI patriotism (1960s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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