follow Dictionary.com

Submit your word to be a Word of the Day!

scarper

[skahr-per] /ˈskɑr pər/
verb (used without object), British
1.
to flee or depart suddenly, especially without having paid one's bills.
Origin
1840-1850
1840-50; orig. argot, probably < PolariItalian scappare to flee (see escape)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for scarper

scarper

/ˈskɑːpə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to depart in haste
noun
2.
a hasty departure
Word Origin
C19: probably an adaptation of Italian scappare to escape; perhaps influenced by folk etymology Scapa Flow Cockney rhyming slang for go
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for scarper

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for scarper

11
13
Scrabble Words With Friends