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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 scampering
  • But nobody ever thought to stop us or suggest that it was perhaps unwise to be scampering through choking clouds of insecticide.
  • The people scampering around in the dark: they are the cursed ones.
  • To keep the rabbits scampering, the site employs some serious game mechanics.
  • So far, wall-climbing projects have yielded scampering robots, but haven't mimicked the results in humans.
  • Their business friends have been scampering for cover, possibly fearing corruption charges.
  • And to stop shoppers scampering off to rivals, it will unveil bargains on electronic goods as the clocks strike midnight.
  • The guard birds also watch for large insects, which the flock sends scampering for cover.
  • Families of squirrels live in these trees and they can always be seen scampering around for acorns.
  • scampering across the forest floor, where predators lurk, can be perilous.
  • They lingered nearly a minute before scampering toward the top of the plateau.
British Dictionary definitions for scampering


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 scampering



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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