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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.
Origin of scamper
1680-90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6 Unabridged
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  • One of the Dusties tumbled out of the jeep and scampered across the field to give him a hand.

    Image of the Gods Alan Edward Nourse
  • And touching his cap, he scampered off into the wood, and disappeared.

    Roland Cashel Charles James Lever
  • The man noticed it, leaped over a hedge, scampered across a meadow, and entered a thick grove.

  • Then they found a stairway that led to the upper floors and scampered up it.

    Highacres Jane Abbott
  • Like a clockwork mouse, it scampered aimlessly amongst the dust of memory, then suddenly became inert, with the works run down.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • And when she saw that I was awake she scampered off with some other children.

  • There was a light, exultant feeling in his middle-aged heart as he scampered along the deck.

    The Valley of the Giants Peter B. Kyne
  • When for an instant he was quiet, she ran forward, but at once scampered back.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point Raymond King Cummings
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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