happy camper

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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.[1]

Noun[edit]

happy camper (plural happy campers)

  1. (chiefly US, informal) One who is thoroughly content or satisfied.
    I will be a happy camper when they fix the potholes on my commute.
    • 1989 April 26, Shirley Marlow, “Quayle Visits Samoa, Decides He'll Give It a Break”, in Los Angeles Times[1]:
      “You all look like happy campers to me,” Dan Quayle to the people of American Samoa.
    Synonyms: happy bunny

References[edit]

  1. ^ happy camper” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–, retrieved June 26, 2015.