[ skam-pee, skahm- ]
/ ˈskæm pi, ˈskɑm- /

noun, plural scam·pi. Italian Cookery.

a large shrimp or prawn.
a dish of shrimp or prawns grilled or sautéed in oil or butter and garlic.

Words nearby scampi

Origin of scampi

1920–25; < Italian, plural of scampo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for scampi

  • Better still are scampi, a kind of small crawfish, rather like tenderer and sweeter langouste.

British Dictionary definitions for scampi

/ (ˈskæmpɪ) /


(usually functioning as singular) large prawns, usually eaten fried in breadcrumbs

Word Origin for scampi

Italian: plural of scampo shrimp, of obscure origin
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