[skam-pee, skahm-]
noun, plural scam·pi. Italian Cookery.
  1. a large shrimp or prawn.
  2. a dish of shrimp or prawns grilled or sautéed in oil or butter and garlic.

Origin of scampi

1920–25; < Italian, plural of scampo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for scampi

Historical Examples of scampi

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

British Dictionary definitions for scampi


  1. (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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Word Origin and History for scampi

1930, plural of Italian scampo "prawn," ultimately from Greek kampe "a bending, a winding," from PIE root *kamp- "to bend" (see campus).

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