Slang. a person who is cheerful and satisfied:
There were no happy campers after the company was reorganized.
(informal) a happy, satisifed person (esp in the phrase not a happy camper)

a person who is very pleased or content

When he saw the report card, he was not a happy camper.
Usage Note

usu. used with a negative

noun phrase

A contented person; someone well pleased: Quayle called the people of American Samoa ”happy campers”

[1980s+; said to have originated among California movie and show-business people; the reference is probably to child clients of summer camps]
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. [ ; mid-1900s ]


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