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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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  • Such a scampering as there was among the trees until every basket was filled to overflowing.

    Our Little Czecho-Slovak Cousin Clara Vostrovsky Winlow
  • The rebels had quitted the besieged window and were scampering towards the gate.

    The Day of Wrath Maurus Jkai
  • The old house was full of rats—she could hear them scampering over her head, under her feet, and between the partitions.

    A Changed Heart May Agnes Fleming
  • If we had been, those creatures would be scampering off already.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • Off it went, scampering over the fallen fir needles that were spread so thickly like a soft brown carpet over the ground.

    Two Little Travellers Frances Browne Arthur
  • 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.

    Square Deal Sanderson Charles Alden Seltzer
  • No scampering across the railroad embankment this time for the members.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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