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.