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CAMPY, CAMPIE, adj. and n. Cf. Kempy. [′kɑmpi]

1. adj.

(1) Of persons: “bold, brave, heroical” (w.Rxb. 1802 J. Sibbald Chron. Sc. Poetry, Gloss.; 1923 Watson W.-B.). wm.Sc. 1882  Anon. Songs and Ballads of Cld. 63:
There's a lad in Dunsyre, fu' campie and crouse, That fain wad hae Nelly to keep his bit house.

(2) Of horses: “mettlesome, brisk” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.).

†(3) “Elated by a flow of high spirits” (Rxb. 1825 Jam.2). Marked obs. by Watson.

‡(4) Quick- or ill-tempered (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Rxb. 1923  Watson W.-B.:
She's a campy limmer.

2. n. “One who strives, contends, or works vigorously” (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B., campie).

[See Camp, n.1, v., adj.]

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