happy camper

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The Dictionary of American Slang suspects the phrase to have originated among California movie and show-business people and suspects the reference is to child clients of summer camps. (happy camper. Dictionary.com. The Dictionary of American Slang. accessed: June 26, 2015)


happy camper (plural happy campers)

  1. (chiefly US) One who is thoroughly content or satisfied.
    I will be a happy camper when they fix the potholes on my commute.
    "You all look like happy campers to me," Dan Quayle to the people of American Samoa. [1]