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

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Word Origin & History

"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
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.
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