scamper

verb
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

scamper

noun

Definition of scamper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a playful or hurried run or movement

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

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, SI.com, "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, SFChronicle.com, "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, courant.com, "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 Pripeton said one July morning as his son scampered around with other children on the playground. Debbie Truong, Washington Post, "Parents fear proposed regulations could jeopardize co-op preschools in Virginia," 10 July 2018 The foot bones of a toddler who died 3 million years ago show that baby pre-humans could both walk upright like modern humans and scamper up trees like apes, researchers said Wednesday. NBC News, "Baby feet: Toddler bones show pre-human kids scampered up trees," 4 July 2018 César Hernández led off with a hit and scampered to third on a wild pickoff attempt by Woodruff, setting up a run-scoring groundout by Rhys Hoskins. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Phillies 4, Brewers 3: Sloppy fifth inning proves costly as Brewers are denied a sweep," 10 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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.com, "SI's 2017-18 All-Bowl Team," 10 Jan. 2018 Kenny Moore’s first career interception led to a seven-play, 50-yard drive by the Colts that was capped by a seven-yard touchdown scamper from Brissett, his fourth this season. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Collapsing Colts now one loss from history," 14 Dec. 2017 Kenny Moore’s first career interception led to a seven-play, 50-yard drive by the Colts that was capped by a seven-yard touchdown scamper from Brissett, his fourth this season. Zak Keefer, USA TODAY, "Insider: Collapsing Colts now one loss from history," 14 Dec. 2017 Senior receiver Armanti Foreman capped the victory with and 18-yard touchdown scamper on the final touch of his volatile career. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas finishes season on a high note with bowl win over Missouri," 28 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of scamper

Verb

1685, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1697, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scamper

Verb

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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scamper

verb

English Language Learners Definition of scamper

: to run or move quickly and often playfully

scamper

verb
scam·per | \ˈskam-pər \
scampered; scampering

Kids Definition of scamper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to run or move quickly and often playfully about

scamper

noun

Kids Definition of scamper (Entry 2 of 2)

: a hurried and often playful run or movement

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