see also: cAMP, Camp, CAMP
  • IPA: /kæmp/
    • (GA, CA, /æ/ raising) IPA: [kʰɛəmp] ~ [kʰeəmp]


  1. An outdoor place acting as temporary accommodation in tents or other temporary structures.
  2. An organised event, often taking place in tents or temporary accommodation.
  3. A base of a military group, not necessarily temporary.
  4. A single hut or shelter.
    a hunter's camp
  5. The company or body of persons encamped.
    • 18, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 9, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify ), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323 ↗:
  6. A group of people with the same strong ideals or political leanings.
  7. (uncommon) Campus
  8. (informal) A summer camp.
  9. (prison slang) A prison.
    • 2009, Nick Chandler, Jeanette Billings, Determined to Change: The Autobiography of Nick Chandler (page 184)
      Lantana is a sweet camp. It's an old hospital that has been converted to a drug treatment center for prisoners.
  10. (agriculture) A mound of earth in which potatoes and other vegetables are stored for protection against frost
    Synonyms: burrow, pie
  11. (obsolete) Conflict; battle.
  12. (UK, obsolete) An ancient game of football, played in some parts of England.
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camp (camps, present participle camping; past and past participle camped)

  1. To live in a tent or similar temporary accommodation.
    We're planning to camp in the field until Sunday.
  2. To set up a camp.
  3. (transitive) To afford rest or lodging for.
    • c. 1606–1607, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Anthonie and Cleopatra”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene viii]:
      Had our great palace the capacity / To camp this host, we all would sup together.
  4. (video games) 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.
    The easiest way to win on this map is to camp the double damage.
    Go and camp the flag for the win.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To fight; contend in battle or in any kind of contest; to strive with others in doing anything; compete.
    • 1562, Leigh, The Accedens of Armory ː
      Aristotle affirmeth that Rauens will gather together on sides, and campe and fight for victorie.
  6. (intransitive, obsolete) To wrangle; argue.
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camp (uncountable)

  1. An affected, exaggerated or intentionally tasteless style.
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camp (comparative camper, superlative campest)

  1. Theatrical; making exaggerated gestures.
  2. (of a, man) Ostentatiously effeminate.
    • 2007, David Rothwell, Dictionary of Homonyms, Wordsworth Editions ISBN 9781840225426, page 88
      More recently the word has become colloquial English for either implying that someone is a homosexual (‘he's very camp’), or for describing rather outre behaviour […]
    • 2014, Sarah Lotz, The Three, Hachette UK ISBN 9781444775358
      And to be honest, in the illustration Mr Tumnus does look as camp as fuck with his little scarf tied jauntily around his neck. I suppose it isn't outside the realms of possibility that he'd just been off cottaging with some centaurs in the forest. God.
  3. Intentionally tasteless or vulgar, self-parodying.
    • 2002, Georges-Claude Guilbert, Madonna as Postmodern Myth, McFarland ISBN 9780786480715, page 123
      In Saturday Night Live, Madonna also unsurprisingly played Princess Diana, Marilyn Monroe, and a Joan Collins clone, all in a very camp way. As John Dean writes: “U.S. rock has a ruling camp queen with Madonna.”


  1. (medicine) Initialism of cyclic AMP

Proper noun
  1. A male given name.
  2. Surname

Proper noun
  1. Acronym of Central Atlantic magmatic province

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