scampers

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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scamp

[skamp]
noun
1.
an unscrupulous and often mischievous person; rascal; rogue; scalawag.
2.
a playful, mischievous, or naughty young person; upstart.
3.
a grouper, Mycteroperca phenax, of Florida: so called from its habit of stealing bait.
verb (used with object)
4.
to do or perform in a hasty or careless manner: to scamp work.

Origin:
1775–85; obsolete scamp to travel about idly or for mischief, perhaps < obsolete Dutch schampen to be gone < Old French escamper to decamp

scamper, noun
scampingly, adverb
scampish, adjective
scampishly, adverb
scampishness, noun
unscamped, adjective
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scamp1 (skæmp)
 
n
1.  an idle mischievous person; rascal
2.  a mischievous child
 
[C18: from scamp (vb) to be a highway robber, probably from Middle Dutch schampen to decamp, from Old French escamper, from es-ex-1 + -camper, from Latin campus field]
 
'scampish1
 
adj

scamp2 (skæmp)
 
vb
a less common word for skimp
 
'scamper2
 
n

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

scamp
1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.

scamp
"do in a hasty manner," 1837, perhaps from a Scand. source (cf. O.N. skemma "to shorten," from skammr "short"), or a blend of scant and skimp (q.v.).

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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