scamper

[skam-per]
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:
1680–90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6

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scamper (ˈskæmpə)
 
vb
1.  to run about playfully
2.  (often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
 
n
3.  the act of scampering
 
[C17: probably from scamp (vb); see scamp1]
 
'scamperer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

scamper
"to run quickly," 1687, probably from Flem. schampeeren, frequentative of schampen "run away," from O.N.Fr. escamper (O.Fr. eschamper) "to run away, flee," from V.L. *excampare "decamp," lit. "leave the field," from L. ex campo, from ex "out of" + campo, ablative of campus "field" (see
campus). A vogue word late 17c.
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Example sentences
Shocked by the feel of human teeth chomping down on his tongue, he yelped-then
  scampered off.
As she scampered to the top, a huge wave exploded against the tower, spewing up
  a plume of seawater that licked her ankles.
Others scampered around the old city's winding streets, guns swinging by their
  side.
As the volunteers scampered up the slope, panic spread through the line.
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