What does Camp mean?

Definitions for Campkæmp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Camp.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. camp, encampment, cantonment, bivouac(noun)

    temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers

    "wherever he went in the camp the men were grumbling"

  2. camp(noun)

    a group of people living together in a camp

    "the whole camp laughed at his mistake"

  3. camp(noun)

    temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers

    "level ground is best for parking and camp areas"

  4. clique, coterie, ingroup, inner circle, pack, camp(noun)

    an exclusive circle of people with a common purpose

  5. camp(noun)

    a penal institution (often for forced labor)

    "China has many camps for political prisoners"

  6. camp(noun)

    something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality

    "the living room was pure camp"

  7. camp, refugee camp(noun)

    shelter for persons displaced by war or political oppression or for religious beliefs

  8. camp, summer camp(adj)

    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"

  9. camp, campy(verb)

    providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities

    "they played up the silliness of their roles for camp effect"; "campy Hollywood musicals of the 1940's"

  10. camp, encamp, camp out, bivouac, tent(verb)

    live in or as if in a tent

    "Can we go camping again this summer?"; "The circus tented near the town"; "The houseguests had to camp in the living room"

  11. camp, camp down(verb)

    establish or set up a camp

  12. camp(verb)

    give an artificially banal or sexual quality to


  1. camp(Noun)

    An outdoor place acting as temporary accommodation in tents or other temporary structures.

  2. camp(Noun)

    An organised event, often taking place in tents or temporary accommodation.

  3. camp(Noun)

    A base of a military group, not necessarily temporary.

  4. camp(Noun)

    A group of people with the same ideals or political leanings, strongly supported.

  5. camp(Noun)

    An affected, exaggerated or intentionally tasteless style.

  6. camp(Noun)


  7. camp(Noun)

    A summer camp.

  8. camp(Verb)

    To live in a tent or similar temporary accommodation.

    We're planning to camp in the field until Sunday.

  9. camp(Verb)

    To set up a camp.

  10. camp(Verb)

    To stay in an advantageous location in a video game, such as next to a power-up's spawning point or in order to guard an area.

  11. camp(Adjective)

    Theatrical; making exaggerated gestures.

  12. camp(Adjective)

    Ostentatiously effeminate.

  13. camp(Adjective)

    Intentionally tasteless or vulgar, self-parodying.

  14. Camp(ProperNoun)


  15. Origin: From campus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Camp(noun)

    the ground or spot on which tents, huts, etc., are erected for shelter, as for an army or for lumbermen, etc

  2. Camp(noun)

    a collection of tents, huts, etc., for shelter, commonly arranged in an orderly manner

  3. Camp(noun)

    a single hut or shelter; as, a hunter's camp

  4. Camp(noun)

    the company or body of persons encamped, as of soldiers, of surveyors, of lumbermen, etc

  5. Camp(noun)

    a mound of earth in which potatoes and other vegetables are stored for protection against frost; -- called also burrow and pie

  6. Camp(noun)

    an ancient game of football, played in some parts of England

  7. Camp(verb)

    to afford rest or lodging for, as an army or travelers

  8. Camp(verb)

    to pitch or prepare a camp; to encamp; to lodge in a camp; -- often with out

  9. Camp(noun)

    to play the game called camp

  10. Origin: [See Camp, n., 6]


  1. Camp

    Camp is an aesthetic sensibility that regards something as appealing or humorous because of its ridiculousness to the viewer. The concept is related to kitsch, and things with camp appeal may also be described as being "cheesy." When the usage appeared, in 1909, it denoted: ostentatious, exaggerated, affected, theatrical, and effeminate behaviour, and, by the middle of the 1970s, the definition comprised: banality, artifice, mediocrity, and ostentation so extreme as to have perversely sophisticated appeal. American writer Susan Sontag's essay Notes on "Camp" emphasised its key elements as: artifice, frivolity, naïve middle-class pretentiousness, and ‘shocking’ excess. Camp as an aesthetic has been popular from the 1960s to the present. Camp aesthetics were popularised by filmmakers George and Mike Kuchar, Andy Warhol, and John Waters, including the latter's Pink Flamingos, Hairspray and Polyester. Celebrities that are associated with camp personas include drag queens and performers such as Dame Edna Everage, Divine, RuPaul, Liberace and Psy. Camp was a part of the anti-academic defense of popular culture in the 1960s and gained popularity in the 1980s with the widespread adoption of postmodern views on art and culture.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Camp

    kamp, n. the ground on which an army pitch their tents: the tents of an army, quarters generally, a permanent military station, as at Aldershot: any fortified site in which a force once defended itself, as a Roman or British camp: any temporary quarters for travellers, &c.—v.i. to encamp or pitch tents.—ns. Camp′-foll′ower, any one who follows in the train of an army, but takes no part in battle; Camp′meet′ing, a religious gathering held in the open air or in a temporary encampment in the fields; Camp′-shed′ding, -sheet′ing, -shot, an erection of piles, &c., along the bank of a river or an embankment, for strengthening; Camp′-stool, or -bed′stead, a portable folding-stool, a trestle-bed. [Fr. camp, a camp—L. campus, a plain.]

  2. Camp

    kamp, n. (obs.) conflict: an old form of the game of football.—v.i. to fight, struggle.—v.i. Cam′ple, to wrangle. [A.S. camp, battle; cf. Ger. kampf.]

Editors Contribution

  1. camp

    To stay in a tent for a holiday or recreation.

    She loved to camp in the campsite by the sea every summer as a child and chose to continue this holiday with her own children.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Camp' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3191

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Camp' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3467

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Camp' in Nouns Frequency: #1056

Anagrams for Camp »


  2. CAPM

  3. CPAM


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Camp in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Camp in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gilbert Diendere:

    I'm in a safe place. I'm not in the camp.

  2. Jay Jacobs:

    We wanted to give you a traditional camp sweatshirt.

  3. Tom Benson:

    I cannot wait for training camp to start in late July.

  4. Michael Temple:

    There's a camp that felt that Treasuries were overbought.

  5. Deputy President William Ruto:

    The refugee camp poses an existential security threat to Kenya.

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