Providing sophisticated amusement by virtue of having artificially (and vulgarly) mannered or banal or sentimental qualities; SYN. campy.
(1859-1925) US football coach who was responsible for instituting some of the most basic rules of the game of American football, including team size, field dimensions, and the four-down system. He also initiated the tradition of selecting an annual all-American football team.
Born in New Britain, Connecticut, US, Camp was educated at Yale University. In 1888, after a brief business career, he returned to Yale as athletic director, football coach, and member of the Intercollegiate Football Rules Committee.
ETYM French camp, Italian campo, from Latin campus plant, field; akin to Greek kepos garden. Related to Campaign, Champ.
1. Temporary lodgings in the country for travelers or vacationers.
2. Temporary living quarters specially built by the army for soldiers; SYN. encampment, cantonment, bivouac.
3. A site where care and activities are provided for children during the summer months; SYN. summer camp.
4. Something that is considered amusing not because of its originality but because of its unoriginality.
5. A prison for forced laborers.
6. A group of people living together in a camp.
Behaving in an exaggerated and even self-parodying way, particularly in female impersonation and among homosexuals. The British entertainers Kenneth Williams (1926–1987) and Julian Cleary and the Australian Barry Humphries have used camp behavior to comic effect.
1. To live in a tent; SYN. encamp, camp out, bivouac.
2. To give a camp quality to.