Definitions

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  • adv. In a campy way.

Etymologies

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campy +‎ -ly

Examples

  • I'd actually taught the video to my under-grads, read and responded to helpful blogs by several of my favorite professorial types, and grilled my tween daughter about the prison scene (which looks a lot like her other Mom's "illicit" HBO film, Stranger Inside, shot on the same location, which looks like the many women in prison exploitation flicks it campily quoted).

    Alexandra Juhasz: Lady Professor Sings the Blues

  • This adjective cannot apply to Adam's generic new songs or his somewhat campily entertaining cover versions of "Whole Lotta Love" and "Ring of Fire."

    Melody Breyer-Grell: Adam Lambert's Identity Crisis?

  • The other three filmmakers are all straight and so are their segments but Sullivan decided to tackle the gay subtext of many classic horror films with his I Was A Teenage Werebear; a musical that campily covers the identity conflict of a high school student after he's infected by the bite of a leather-clad Werebear.

    Lee Stranahan: Is Hollywood Ready for a Gay Male Adult Actor in Mainstream Roles?

  • For every genre of music, there's a band that officially carves out the heart of that genre, discards it, and dances around in the carcass campily like Buffalo Bill from "Silence of the Lambs."

    Urban Alienation: Cultural Carnage and Alleycats

  • I found it both campily fun and totally unsettling.

    Animals Have Instincts, Too

  • The flipside to all this fun comes at the end of 'side A' of Someone To Drive You Home during Heaven Help The New Girl, a campily dramatic break-up song that sees singer Kate Jackson imploring "Just go because you'll never be 19 again/ And I thought I told you before you don't need a boyfriend."

    Hear The New Long Blondes Album & Go To Its Secret Launch Party!

  • Because in V for Vendetta Portman eerily, campily, perhaps heretically manages to combine her role as pre-adolescent fantasy and comic-book superhero royalty from a galaxy far, far away with the stage role that made her famous: the most notable and authentic political character of the 20th century, Anne Frank.

    R for Revolution

  • "Geographically absurd fabulations" that end up "rendering a work irritating or campily amusing".

    Gifts from Elsewhere

  • Thurman's few menacing minutes are great, Brosnan's horseplay is campily cute, Rosario Dawson's turn as the Greek god of the underworld's bored, hot, randy wife spices up the movie's otherwise ho-hum action climax.

    Brandon Sun Online - Top Stories

  • Not quoted: "And if the staging of the pic's hysterical, campily melodramatic dockside finale registers as overly schematic, with every skeleton in the closet systematically divulged, it may be because his characters cling so tenaciously to their humanity."

    Gelf Magazine

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