[ skahr-per ]
/ ˈskɑr pər /
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verb (used without object) British.
to flee or depart suddenly, especially without having paid one's bills.
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Origin of scarper
First recorded in 1845–50; originally argot, probably from Polari, ultimately from Italian scappare “to flee,” from Vulgar Latin excappāre (unattested); see origin at escape
Words nearby scarper
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British Dictionary definitions for scarper
/ (ˈskɑːpə) British slang /
to depart in haste
a hasty departure
Word Origin for scarper
C19: probably an adaptation of Italian scappare to escape; perhaps influenced by folk etymology Scapa Flow Cockney rhyming slang for go
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