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CAMP, n.1, v., adj.

1. n. “A romp; applied to both sexes” (Lth. 1825 Jam.2).

2. v. “To play the romp” (Ib.).

3. adj. (See second quot.) Cf. Kempy, adj. (2). Ayr. 1830  Galt Lawrie Todd i. ii.:
She was really, though at times a camp randy, a pawkie and droll carlin.
Slk. 1825  Jam.2:
Camp, brisk, active, spirited. My horse is very camp the day; he is in good spirits. The same term is applied to a cock, a dog, etc.

[O.Sc. camp, to exert or busy oneself (D.O.S.T.). Cf. Du. kampen, Ger. kämpfen, to fight, struggle, and see Kemp, v.1 and n.1]

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