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verb (used without object)
  1. to run or go hastily or quickly.
  2. to run playfully about, as a child.
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  1. a scampering; a quick run.
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Origin of scamper

1680–90; obsolete scamp to go (see scamp) + -er6
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Related Words

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

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verb (intr)
  1. to run about playfully
  2. (often foll by through) to hurry quickly through (a place, task, book, etc)
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  1. the act of scampering
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Derived Formsscamperer, noun

Word Origin

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

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