Scamper meaning

skămpər
To run or go quickly and lightly.

Children scampering off to play.

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To run or go hurriedly or quickly.
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Scamper is defined as to run quickly and lightly.

An example of to scamper is for a bunny to go hopping off into the woods.

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The definition of a scamper is a quick and light run.

An example of a scamper is a child skipping over to her friend.

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The act of scampering.
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(intransitive) To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner.

The dog scampered after the squirrel.

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A quick light run or movement.
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A quick, light run.
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Origin of scamper

  • Probably from Flemish schampeeren frequentative of obsolete Dutch schampen to run away, decamp from Middle Dutch ontscampen from Old French escamper from Old Italian scampare from Vulgar Latin excampāre from Latin ex campō out of the field ex away ex– campō ablative of campus field

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested in 1687. Origin uncertain, but possibly from Dutch schamperen, from Old French escamper, from Italian scampare (“to run away").

    From Wiktionary