scam·​per | \ ˈskam-pər How to pronounce scamper (audio) \
scampered; scampering\ ˈskam-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce scampering (audio) \

Definition of scamper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to run nimbly and usually playfully about



Definition of scamper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a playful or hurried run or movement

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Synonyms for scamper

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of scamper in a Sentence

Verb The kids were scampering around the yard. A mouse scampered across the floor.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Their primary weapon is quarterback Lamar Jackson, who has been passing up a storm, but is most feared for his scheduled and unscheduled scampering. Scott Ostler,, "Ravens superstar Jackson will benefit from soggy Baltimore turf," 1 Dec. 2019 After being told they could keep the swag, the girls happily posed for a photo with several electric scooters decorated in Angry Birds designs before scampering off to explore the next booth. Lauren Caruba,, "Teslas, self-driving trucks, scooters: Transportation tech on display as San Antonio hosts mobility summit," 18 Nov. 2019 Mohamed Salah was sent scampering down the right in his own unique style., "Twitter Reacts as Solid Liverpool Smash Burnley 3-0 to Go Top of the Premier League," 31 Aug. 2019 The opera flashes forward to a brief scene with a scampering little boy (played by Mr. Kellogg’s own young son, Jayden). New York Times, "Review: Police Violence Reaches Opera in ‘Blue’," 2 Aug. 2019 The dog park is a whirlwind of scampering mutts, and the playground is abuzz with kids swinging from monkey bars. San Francisco Chronicle, "It was a warm, late-summer evening and the Sunset District native, who moved into a Mission Bay condo in 2009, stopped by the Spark Social food truck park after a meeting.," 5 Jan. 2015 After catching Russell’s pinpoint kick, Maitland slipped out of a Belgium Tuatagaloa tackle to scamper over. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scotland wins 34-0 with 2 pen tries, Samoa’s Fidow sent off," 30 Sep. 2019 The Rockies won Sunday’s 4-hour, 2-minute game at Coors Field on a wild pitch by Brewers reliever Jake Faria, allowing rookie Sam Hilliard to scamper home from third with the winning run. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies beat Brewers off walk-off wild pitch in 13th inning to close out the season," 29 Sep. 2019 The videotape of the kid from Duke scampering into the end zone from 7-yards to cap a 32-31 come-from-behind win over the Buccaneers is being played three days later. Tom Canavan,, "Giants QB Jones is suddenly a celebrity after 1 game," 25 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Hunt scored his first touchdown in Cleveland, a second-quarter 6-yard scamper which capped the Browns’ 28-0 run. cleveland, "Versus a weak Miami defense, what can Cleveland build on and where must Browns improve? -- Film Review," 27 Nov. 2019 That included a pair of scampers that covered 53 and 45 yards, two of the three longest runs this year for Notre Dame (7-2). Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Pedal to the metal seems to be working for Notre Dame football this November," 10 Nov. 2019 Shabaz added his second touchdown of the game, this time a 51-yard scamper, putting the Cougars back up by 10. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "State football: Lakeville South powers its way past Mounds View," 8 Nov. 2019 Kansas City came back to re-tie the score at 24-24, but then a short pass to Aaron Jones turned into a 67-yard scamper that accounted for another go-ahead touchdown. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Twitter reacts to Aaron Rodgers' insane touchdown pass to Jamaal Williams against the Chiefs," 27 Oct. 2019 Five plays later, Brees hit Latavius Murray on a short out and Murray beat Haason Reddick into the end zone on a 15-yard scamper as the Saints increased their lead to 17-6. Bob Mcmanaman, azcentral, "Rewind: Arizona Cardinals can't keep up with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints," 27 Oct. 2019 The Longhorns put together an 8-play drive that ended with a John Sanderson 11-yard scamper for a TD. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty Panthers drop first district contest, 36-24," 21 Oct. 2019 Herbert got a key first down with a 26-yard scamper but was pushed into the sideline camera stand and a late hit call moved the Ducks to the Cal 13. San Diego Union-Tribune, "No. 13 Oregon overcomes slow start to beat Cal 17-7," 5 Oct. 2019 Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images TAMPA, Fla. — The first prominent high note in the Daniel Jones era of Giants football was a daring 7-yard touchdown scamper in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Daniel Jones Runs the Giants to a Win in His First Start," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of scamper


1685, in the meaning defined above


1697, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scamper


probably from obsolete Dutch schampen to flee, from Middle French escamper, from Italian scampare, from Vulgar Latin *excampare to decamp, from Latin ex- + campus field

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The first known use of scamper was in 1685

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Scamper.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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How to pronounce scamper (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scamper

: to run or move quickly and often playfully


scam·​per | \ ˈskam-pər How to pronounce scamper (audio) \
scampered; scampering

Kids Definition of scamper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to run or move quickly and often playfully about



Kids Definition of scamper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hurried and often playful run or movement

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