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scamper

[skam-per] /ˈskæm pər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to run or go hastily or quickly.
2.
to run playfully about, as a child.
noun
3.
a scampering; a quick run.
Origin of scamper
1680-1690
1680-90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6
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  • He just couldn't sit still, but must scamper over to the place Happy Jack Squirrel told him about.

    The Adventures of Prickly Porky Thornton W. Burgess
  • Let it but scamper across the corner, and at once it is discovered.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • Peter set a small kid on the floor and watched it scamper about the room, looking for an exit.

    The White Feather Hex Don Peterson
  • How Miss Bella Curtis did scamper for her two cents to pay the postman!

    The Little Nightcap Letters. Frances Elizabeth Barrow
  • And the two girls felt also gay and cool, and they wanted to scamper and to laugh, to chatter and to jest.

    The Created Legend Feodor Sologub
  • Either we will gloriously take them, or they will limber up and scamper after Jackson.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • The three took a scamper over the downs, and returned by way of the shore.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • Then somebody pulled the revolver from the other hand and there was a scamper of feet.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • She jumped out of bed, opened the door and allowed Pete to scamper away.

    Tess of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • A scamper of feet fetched me out of my berth and up on deck.

    From a Cornish Window Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
British Dictionary definitions for scamper

scamper

/ˈskæmpə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to run about playfully
2.
(often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
noun
3.
the act of scampering
Derived Forms
scamperer, noun
Word Origin
C17: probably from scamp (vb); see scamp1
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Word Origin and History for scamper
v.

"to run quickly," 1680s, probably from Flemish schampeeren, frequentative of schampen "run away," from Old North French escamper (Old French eschamper) "to run away, flee, quit the battlefield, escape," from Vulgar Latin *excampare "decamp," literally "leave the field," from Latin ex campo, from ex "out of" (see ex-) + campo, ablative of campus "field" (see campus). A vogue word late 17c. Related: Scampered; scampering. The noun is 1680s, from the verb.

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