Often used in the negative to indicate someone who is particularly unhappy, irritable, or displeased. I just got a raise, so I’m a happy camper today. I could tell the crew members were not happy campers after having to work so late. She was not a happy camper when her work permit application was denied.
Where did the saying not a happy camper come from?
This idiom has been used since the later 1800s, at least as early as 1885. We can only speculate as to its origin. It is thought to have derived from children’s camps, alluding to the fact that while some children absolutely adore going to ‘summer camp,’ others are miserable and homesick.
What is the meaning of happy campers?
happy camper. A satisfied participant, a contented person, as in She loved the challenge of her new job; she was one happy camper. This expression is also often put in the negative, as in She hated the heat and humidity of the southern summer; she was not a happy camper. [ Slang; mid-1900s]
Where does the term happy campers come from?
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.
Are you a happy camper?
If you say that someone is a happy camper, you mean that they pleased about something. When Oisin scored that goal I was a happy camper again. Note: You can also say that someone is not a happy camper if they are angry, upset or not satisfied about something.
How do you use happy camper in a sentence?
I’ve not been a very happy camper for the last couple of days. I have crazy energy and I am not hungry, but I am not a happy camper either. Give me a good book, a Caribbean beach, and I’m a happy camper. Kaylie knew that the minute I walked in that I was not a happy camper.
What is a nerdy person?
1 : a person who is socially awkward, unattractive, or not fashionable. 2 : a person who is extremely interested in technical or intellectual subjects. Other Words from nerd. nerdy ˈnər-dē adjective.
Is they jumped for joy a phrase?
If you say that someone is jumping for joy, you mean that they are very pleased or happy about something. He jumped for joy on being told the news.