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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.
Origin of scamper
1680-90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6 Unabridged
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  • Men were washing their bullocks, and children were scampering in and out of the water.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • To him, we were like scampering insects; he could not tell which way we were about to dart.

    Beyond the Vanishing Point Raymond King Cummings
  • If we had been, those creatures would be scampering off already.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • The scene of scampering and hubbub that ensued baffles all description.

  • No scampering across the railroad embankment this time for the members.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • It was full of bobbing curtsies and racing and scampering about the room.

    Peggy in Her Blue Frock Eliza Orne White
  • The rebels had quitted the besieged window and were scampering towards the gate.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • He had not felt it at the time—not he; a thick-headed, scampering youngster.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
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.

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