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camp

a Polari term, meaning “funny, flamboyant”, that is now used in both Queer and popular culture, referring to kitsch, flamboyant, exaggerated, theatrical, deliberately ironic and/or outrageous styles – which as a result, has come to describe many activities within the Queer community; for example, due to her outfits, Cher would be described as a camp icon.

It also used to describe effeminate, flamboyant men – typically those who are outrageous and theatrical in their mannerisms.

Originally published: 20th July, 2020
Last modified: July 20, 2020