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Noun: camp  kamp
  1. (military) temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers
    "wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling";
    - 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 travellers or vacationers
    "level ground is best for parking and camp areas"
     
  4. An exclusive circle of people with a common purpose
    - clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack
     
  5. A penal institution (often for forced labour)
    "China has many camps for political prisoners"
     
  6. Something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality
    "the living room was pure camp"
     
  7. Shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs
    - 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";
    - summer camp
Verb: camp  kamp
  1. Live in or as if in a tent
    "Can we go camping again this summer?"; "The houseguests had to camp in the living room"; "Can we go camping out again this summer?";
    - encamp, camp out, bivouac, tent
     
  2. Establish or set up a camp
    - camp down
     
  3. Give an artificially banal or sexual quality to
Adjective: camp (camper,campest)  kamp
  1. Providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered, banal or sentimental qualities
    "they played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect";
    - campy
     
  2. Having unsuitable feminine qualities
    "a camp man";
    - effeminate, emasculate, epicene, cissy [Brit], sissified, sissyish, sissy

Derived forms: camped, campest, camps, camping, camper

See also: poncey [Brit], poncy [Brit], tasteless, unmanful, unmanlike, unmanly

Type of: alter, assemblage, band, change, circle, dwell, gathering, housing, inhabit, land site, live, living accommodations, lodging, lot, military quarters, modify, penal facility, penal institution, pitch, populate, set, set up, shelter, site, staleness, triteness

Encyclopedia: Camp, Kerry