- to run or go hastily or quickly.
- to run playfully about, as a child.
- a scampering; a quick run.
Origin of scamper
Examples from the Web for scampered
She scampered back to Moldavia just hours after the incident, avoiding authorities who were trying to log all survivors.Costa Concordia Captain Seen Drinking With Blonde Before Wreck
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 20, 2012
I hurriedly submitted the post and scampered off before I missed the beginning of House.How I Started a Boobquake
April 27, 2010
Diana sent a final shot from the door, and then scampered away.Cleo The Magnificent
So they scampered all about, and there was not a mouse which did not look under every stalk of straw.Cossack Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
And touching his cap, he scampered off into the wood, and disappeared.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Then they found a stairway that led to the upper floors and scampered up it.Highacres
And when she saw that I was awake she scampered off with some other children.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
- to run about playfully
- (often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
- the act of scampering
Word Origin and History for scampered
"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.