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[skam-per] /ˈskæm pər/
verb (used without object)
to run or go hastily or quickly.
to run playfully about, as a child.
a scampering; a quick run.
1680-90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scampered
  • 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.
  • Sure enough, as the plane landed a herd of antelope scampered out of the way.
  • If you find tracks starting from an open area in the snow, a flying squirrel may have landed and scampered off.
British Dictionary definitions for scampered


verb (intransitive)
to run about playfully
(often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
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 scampered



"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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