- to run or go hastily or quickly.
- to run playfully about, as a child.
- a scampering; a quick run.
Origin of scamper
Related Wordsscuttle, zip, romp, skip, scurry, dart, bolt, scoot, sprint, hurry, trot, shoot, fly, skedaddle, tear, flee, race, hie, hasten, speed
Examples from the Web for scampering
Schiff, for instance, conjures a scene with the young Cleopatra “scampering down the colonnaded walkways of the palace.”The Classics are Dead! Long Live the Classics! Mary Beard’s New Book
September 20, 2013
At one point, the pair burst from the camp and fled, scampering barefoot over rocky, cactus-spotted terrain.Journalist John Cantlie Learned How Deadly Syria Can Be When He Was Held Hostage by Jihadis
August 11, 2012
Men were washing their bullocks, and children were scampering in and out of the water.Things as They Are
To him, we were like scampering insects; he could not tell which way we were about to dart.Beyond the Vanishing Point
Raymond King Cummings
If we had been, those creatures would be scampering off already.Frank Merriwell's Bravery
Burt L. Standish
The scene of scampering and hubbub that ensued baffles all description.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
No scampering across the railroad embankment this time for the members.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
- 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 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.