a happy camper

happy camper

Someone who is happy or content. 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.
See also: camper, happy

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. I just wasn't a happy camper. I felt a piece of me was missing and I didn't know what it was.
See also: camper, happy
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I used to be a happy camper, or maybe don't sleep at all.
Clarissa, though, is a happy camper when compared to the film's third heroine, Laura (Julianne Moore), a wife and mother living in the sunny suburbs of Los Angeles in the rosy boom following World War II.
Your hunk might not bag his sleeping bag sesh, but give him a chance, to make you a happy camper.
I am a happy camper today, no pun intended,'' quipped TMCS' Charles Conn, the company's 39-year-old board chairman and a co-founder of the company along with Pasadena-based Idealab's Bill Gross.
When it gets up into the 90s, I'm not a happy camper.
No, I'm not a happy camper,'' said Villanueva, who was in contact with Campos' agent all week.