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scamper

[skam-per] /ˈskæm pər/
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
1680-1690
1680-90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6

scamp

[skamp] /skæmp/
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
Related forms
scamper, noun
scampingly, adverb
scampish, adjective
scampishly, adverb
scampishness, noun
unscamped, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for scampers

scamp1

/skæmp/
noun
1.
an idle mischievous person; rascal
2.
a mischievous child
Derived Forms
scampish, adjective
Word Origin
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

scamp2

/skæmp/
verb
1.
a less common word for skimp
Derived Forms
scamper, noun

scamper

/ˈskæmpə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to run about playfully
2.
(often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
noun
3.
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 scampers

scamp

n.

1782, "highway robber," probably from dialectal verb scamp "to roam" (1753, perhaps from 16c.), shortened from scamper. Used affectionately in sense "rascal" since 1808.

v.

"do in a hasty manner," 1837, perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse skemma "to shorten, make shorter," from skammr "short; brief; lately"), or a blend of scant and skimp [Klein], or a back-formation from scamper. Related: Scamped; scamping.

scamper

v.

"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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