[ 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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scamper


/ (ˈskæmpə) /

verb (intr)

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 for scamper

C17: probably from scamp (vb); see scamp 1
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