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camp1
noun
1 a piece of ground on which tents have been erected.
2 a collection of buildings, huts, tents, etc used as temporary accommodation or for short stays for a particular purpose.
3 a permanent site where troops are housed or trained.
4 archaeol an ancient fortified site.
5 a party or side in a dispute, etc; a group having a particular set of opinions, beliefs, etc.
verb (camped , camping ) intr to stay in a tent or tents, cooking meals in the open air, etc.
[16c: French, from Latin campus field]
camping noun living in a tent or makeshift accommodation, especially for recreation.
break camp to take down tents, etc when leaving a campsite.
pitch camp see under pitch1.
camp out
1 to live and sleep in the open, with or without a tent.
2 to stay in temporary accommodation with a minimum of furniture, equipment, etc.


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camp2 colloq, sometimes derog
adjective
1 said of a man or his behaviour: using mannerisms that are typically associated with women, especially in a deliberate, exaggerated or theatrical way.
2 said of a man: homosexual.
3 theatrical and exaggerated, especially amusingly so.
noun camp behaviour or style.
verb (camped , camping ) intr to behave in a camp way.
[20c]
camp it up to behave in an exaggerated theatrical way; to overact.
camp something up to make it camp.


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