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or 'scape

[skeyp] /skeɪp/
noun, verb (used with or without object), scaped, scaping. Archaic.
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Examples from the Web for scaped
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  • Oh, yes, boss, yous forgot it; yous bin mighty sick dis time; but tudder time you broke de jail and scaped.

    The White Rose of Memphis William C. Falkner
  • If he scape this age, he has scaped a tempest, and may live to be a man.

    Microcosmography John Earle
  • I seed mo' den dat—I seed wut until dat time had 'scaped me—I seed dat de man wuz good lookin'.

    Up Terrapin River Opie P. Read
  • Ford narrowly 'scaped losing 500 pounds by him, and so did I too.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • But I, who ought not to have lived, though I have scaped destiny, shall pass a bitter life; I but now perceive.

  • With bet thee strokes upon him 'scaped the Sovereign of Seville.

    The Lay of the Cid R. Selden Rose
  • What, have I scaped love-letters in the holiday-time of my beauty, and am I now a subject for them?

    The Merry Wives of Windsor William Shakespeare
  • How hardly she had 'scaped that night the danger that befell.

  • Yes, yes, since I have 'scaped your hands, I can face anything.

    The Beaux-Stratagem George Farquhar
  • He looked so very foolish that we began to look around, We thought he was a greenhorn that had just 'scaped from town.

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British Dictionary definitions for scaped


a leafless stalk in plants that arises from a rosette of leaves and bears one or more flowers
(zoology) a stalklike part, such as the first segment of an insect's antenna
Derived Forms
scapose, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scāpus stem, from (Doric) Greek skapos; see shaft


verb, noun
an archaic word for escape
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Word Origin and History for scaped



"scenery view," 1773, abstracted from landscape (n.); as a comb. element, first attested use is 1796, in prisonscape.


late 13c., shortened form of escape; frequent in prose till late 17c. Related: Scaped (sometimes 15c.-16c. with strong past tense scope); scaping. As a noun from c.1300.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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