There are 2 definitions of camp in English:

camp1

Syllabification: camp
Pronunciation: /kamp
 
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noun

1A place with temporary accommodations of huts, tents, or other structures, typically used by soldiers, refugees, prisoners, or travelers: the enemy camp a detention camp the shot woke the whole camp
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  • Thousands of local residents face serious health problems in overcrowded refugee camps and temporary shelters.
  • Many neighborhoods, towns, villages, and refugee camps were badly damaged or destroyed.
  • ‘We are not going to seize scout camps and little pup tents,’ Ms Rydalch said.
1.1A recreational institution providing facilities for outdoor activities, sports, crafts, and other special interests and typically featuring rustic overnight accommodations: a summer camp for children drama camp
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  • The introduction to fencing often occurs in schools, recreation camps and fitness centres in the form of class instruction.
  • Church, youth and school groups use the camp for recreational, educational and church-related activities.
  • Benefits have come in the form of facilities at camps.
1.2Temporary overnight lodging out of doors, typically in tents: we made camp at a bend in the creek we pitched camp at a fine spot
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  • We had her secured in a tent when we made camp last night.
  • They hiked for the rest of the day and made camp just before sunset.
  • We had pitched camp at dusk, raising the tents beside the ruins of an old rest house on a bluff of rock named Maggu Chatti.
1.3A facility at which athletes train during the off-season: football tryout camps
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  • A small plaque lies before a tree planted in Korey Stringer's memory at Minnesota Vikings training camp.
  • A startled, but later apologetic Shockey, ran off into the woods and returned to Giants training camp.
  • Carla McGhee arrived at Connecticut Sun training camp with mixed feelings.
2The supporters of a particular party or doctrine regarded collectively: his views were firmly rooted in the conservative camp
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  • In this regard, the political camps ought to tackle the issue of changing the presidential election system only after they help state affairs run smoothly and efficiently.
  • The protesters came from two different camps; one group supporting the minister's decision, the other opposing it.
  • Many of the contributors explain how Reagan influenced their shift from liberal or moderate politics into the conservative camp.
Synonyms
faction, wing, group, lobby, caucus, bloc, party, coterie, sect, cabal

verb

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1Live for a time in a camp, tent, or camper, as when on vacation: parks in which you can camp or stay in a chalet
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  • He added that his biggest concern was for people camping in the local caravan park and on the school fields.
  • It is also estimated that some one-in-three adults have been camping or taken a caravan holiday at some time.
  • We were living in the woods, camping out in tents.
Synonyms
pitch tents, set up camp, encamp, bivouac
1.1Lodge temporarily, especially in an inappropriate or uncomfortable place: we camped out for the night in a mission schoolroom
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  • Thousands of drenched and mud-covered concert goers who had camped out at Fairyhouse slowly made their way back home yesterday after braving heavy downpours over the weekend.
  • Television crews from as far away as America and Japan camped out in Malmesbury and news helicopters circled over the town, looking for the outlaw pigs, which were soon nicknamed Butch and Sundance.
  • They camped out at a local garage rock band's house and played noisy, careening rhythms to a small number of bemused punks at the old Multipurpose Rumpus Room.
1.2Remain persistently in one place: the press will be camping on your doorstep once they get onto this story
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  • Remaining silent, they camped in the bush until the other group had left.
  • The press camping on my parents doorstep was a bit of a novelty for them.
  • Poor old Amelia Morris had the press camping round the clock on the front lawn of her suburban home.

Origin

early 16th century: from French camp, champ, from Italian campo, from Latin campus 'level ground', specifically applied to the Campus Martius in Rome, used for games, athletic practice, and military drill.

Phrases

break camp

Take down a tent or the tents of an encampment when ready to leave.
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  • After days of preparation, they were finally ready to break camp for good.
  • Finally, on the morning of July 18 the regiment broke camp and boarded the transport Pennsylvania to ship out for the Philippines.
  • They set up the camp, cook meals and break camp, leaving the traveler to enjoy the trek without the physical hardship of toting heavy packs.

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There are 2 definitions of camp in English:

camp2

Syllabification: camp
Pronunciation: /
 
kamp/
informal

adjective

1Deliberately exaggerated and theatrical in style, typically for humorous effect: the movie seems more camp than shocking or gruesome
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  • Featuring an ageing Las Vegas showgirl, brilliantly performed by Nadine Tyson, it mixed camp style and pathos with the glitz and energy of showbiz.
  • The mannerisms of the male troupers were too deliberately camp to capture the nuances of the Kern stories they were supposed to be illustrating.
  • He is the hyper-active dynamo in a very strong cast, giving a showy performance full of camp malice.
Synonyms
exaggerated, theatrical, affected
informal over the top, OTT, camped up, hammy
1.1(Of a man or his manner) ostentatiously and extravagantly effeminate: a heavily made-up and highly camp actor
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  • When I got there, the nurse, a slightly camp guy from the Philippines, shook his head with an expression somewhere between horror and sympathy.
  • This would make a sad camp man with a receding hairline the ultimate in coolness.
  • Nicholas, in his own effeminately camp style, made the waitress describe the contents of several of the desserts, and only chose something after much cogitation.
Synonyms
effeminate, effete, mincing
informal campy

noun

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Deliberately exaggerated and theatrical behavior or style: Hollywood camp
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  • It wears its queerness like a flashy Dolce and Gabbana blouse, with style and humor and camp - but an intentional lack of tragedy.
  • The film deliberately plays for camp and kitsch, and then suddenly it becomes quite gothic.
  • It is a dazzling performance layered with more than a hint of theatrical camp.

verb

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(Of a man) behave in an ostentatiously effeminate way: he camped it up a bit for the cameras
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  • It was just wonderful, because he was camping it up, that's all.
  • If he is camping it up for the cameras, he is almost as good an actor as he is a chef.
  • Some camped it up, some got sleazy, others sat very far back in their cushions paralysed with fear.
Synonyms
posture, behave theatrically/affectedly, overact
informal ham it up

Origin

early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

campily

Pronunciation: /ˈkampəlē/
adverb
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  • Lou Ferrigno snarls campily beneath a clown wig as the musclebound green monster.
  • 'I called him a dirty, mortal human,' he says, campily.
  • Unlike most recent comedies that campily feed off their characters' stupidities, here, despite assorted failings, no one is dumb and an easy butt for jokes.

campiness

noun
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  • Drama, campiness, and comedy coexist equally on-stage, resulting in a brew which is hilarious and at the same time heart-rending.
  • I like the campiness that comes with doing a show that's really spastic and unpredictable, and I think it's entertaining for the audience as well.
  • It's really about spreading freakiness out there, and gender play, and all that edginess and campiness, and doing it in a way it is not going to be dismissed because it's so freaky.

campy

adjective
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  • Certainly the Evil Dead movies are campy horror, but kind of a macho camp, if there is such a thing.
  • There's so much macho posturing in this book that it would be campy if there were any humour.
  • His campy gay stereotype act is hilarious, especially since he drops it with a roll of his eyes whenever the smitten guards aren't watching.

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