Schiff, for instance, conjures a scene with the young Cleopatra “scampering down the colonnaded walkways of the palace.”
At one point, the pair burst from the camp and fled, scampering barefoot over rocky, cactus-spotted terrain.
Such a scampering as there was among the trees until every basket was filled to overflowing.
The rebels had quitted the besieged window and were scampering towards the gate.
The old house was full of rats—she could hear them scampering over her head, under her feet, and between the partitions.
If we had been, those creatures would be scampering off already.
Off it went, scampering over the fallen fir needles that were spread so thickly like a soft brown carpet over the ground.
The scene of scampering and hubbub that ensued baffles all description.
Then he shuddered, wheeled his horse, and sent him scampering over the back trail.
No scampering across the railroad embankment this time for the members.
"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.