scam·​per | \ˈskam-pər \
scampered; scampering\ˈskam-​p(ə-​)riŋ \

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

dash, gallop, jog, run, sprint, trip, trot

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Examples of scamper in a Sentence


The kids were scampering around the yard. A mouse scampered across the floor.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When former Patriot Curtis Martin scampered into the end zone with six minutes left, the visitors grabbed a 21-17 lead. Steve Kornacki,, "What if Tom Brady had never stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001?," 12 Apr. 2018 The raccoon, a female, was released later in the day and scampered into a wooded area on private property near the Twin Cities suburb of Shakopee. Washington Post, "Idaho boy recovering from bubonic plague; state’s first case in more than 40 years," 14 June 2018 The collared animal, born a year ago, scampered off when he was spotted. Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle, "Coyote alert: SF is home to seven new pups in the Presidio," 4 June 2018 The old dog, who at home can barely climb the stair, scampered like a pup. Charles W. Gusewelle, kansascity, "For Father’s Day, a favorite column from Charles Gusewelle: That miracle day," 16 June 2018 There was a Canadian flag, a Texans banner and more than 200 boys and girls scampering around a community stadium in British Columbia. Jenny Vrentas,, "For Many NFL Players, Summer Doesn't Bring Much of a Break," 9 July 2018 The ground squirrel darted up to the table, grabbed his keys and scampered into his hole. Tom Stienstra,, "At summer campsite, cute squirrels can go rogue," 9 July 2018 McIlroy, who laughed as the critter scampered about, eventually shanked his drive. Christopher Hanna,, "From Best Round To Top Moments, Here Are The 2018 Travelers Highlights," 25 June 2018 The ball wobbled out of his hand to cornerback Patrick Robinson, who cradled the interception, broke tackles and scampered for a 50-yard touchdown. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, "Eagles fly past Vikings, set up Super Bowl LII showdown vs. Patriots," 21 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That 38-yard scamper in the first quarter kicked off a breakout game for Seattle’s first-round draft choice. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks Play of the Week: Breaking down Rashaad Penny’s big run in his breakout game," 13 Nov. 2018 Along with the usual beverages, teams of the masked animals wander, scamper and stare about, in exchange for room and board. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, "That Raccoon Rooting Through Your Trash Could Be a Big Star in Seoul," 7 Nov. 2018 That’s right—there was a time in the not-too-distant past when parents let their scamper over concrete ziggurats and build their own play structures with hammers and nails. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "How not to cheat children: Let them build their own playgrounds," 18 July 2018 The 26-year-old tenor saxophonist has set most of these original compositions at a medium-fast tempo, and her saxophone stipples and scampers, gesturing toward the influence of the alto saxophonist Steve Lehman. New York Times, "The Playlist: John Mayer Laments the Friend Zone, and 11 More New Songs," 11 May 2018 Franks does hold the school record for the longest run by a Gators’ QB - a 79-yard scamper last season against Texas A&M. Edgar Thompson,, "Three things we learned during Gators' spring game," 15 Apr. 2018 The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis' 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. Dennis Waszak Jr., San Antonio Express-News, "Brady leads Patriots back to Super Bowl, top Jaguars 24-20," 21 Jan. 2018 The Patriots then ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis’ 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. Dennis Waszak Jr., The Seattle Times, "Tom Brady shakes off hand injury, leads another comeback to beat Jaguars for AFC title," 21 Jan. 2018 Michel ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns on only 11 carries, the last of which was a 27-yard scamper for the game-winning score in double overtime. Scooby Axson,, "SI's 2017-18 All-Bowl Team," 10 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of scamper

: to run or move quickly and often playfully


scam·​per | \ˈskam-pər \
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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