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

Related Words for scampered

scuttle, zip, romp, skip, scurry, dart, bolt, scoot, sprint, hurry, trot, shoot, fly, skedaddle, tear, flee, race, hie, hasten, speed

Examples from the Web for scampered

Contemporary Examples of scampered

Historical Examples of scampered

  • Diana sent a final shot from the door, and then scampered away.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill

  • So they scampered all about, and there was not a mouse which did not look under every stalk of straw.

  • 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.


    Jane Abbott

  • And when she saw that I was awake she scampered off with some other children.

British Dictionary definitions for scampered


verb (intr)

to run about playfully
(often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)


the act of scampering
Derived Formsscamperer, noun

Word Origin for scamper

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

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