scam·​per | \ ˈskam-pər How to pronounce scamper (audio) \
scampered; scampering\ ˈskam-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce scamper (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: 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 Salmon in greenish-brown spawning colors rest in an eddy downstream, waiting for just the right time to scamper up the creek and complete their journey. Anchorage Daily News, 29 Apr. 2022 That was the first iteration of the multigenerational Giuliani roadshow: Rudy brought Andrew along on campaign swings, sometimes pausing the caravan to allow the boy out for a few minutes to scamper about. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 The six live dancers who scamper through the audience and step in unison with Houston’s holograph, as well as the four-piece band flanking her ghostly likeness, inject the show with verve. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 12 Feb. 2022 Heti’s penchant for wrestling with abstract questions and delivering equally abstract answers left plenty of room for critics to scamper in with prescriptions of their own. Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Piglets often scamper down the roads; one resident jokes that owners push them into the street, as the local custom compels any driver who hits a pig to both hand the carcass back and pay appropriate compensation. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 30 Jan. 2022 There’s three distinct plots for scare-seekers to scamper through in the 13th Floor Haunted House, an award-winning attraction that has a Hollywood-level style of set design. Brittany Anas, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 In that case, children might falsely believe that can unabashedly scamper into the street in front of an ongoing self-driving car. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2021 Jeimer Candelario lined a two-out single to left field, giving Grossman more than enough time to scamper home for a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 3 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Will Baker rushes up the middle for a 30-yard touchdown scamper, his 16th rushing score of the season. Matt Doherty,, 1 Dec. 2021 Stokes hit a hole and broke loose for a 60-yard scamper that brought the Pioneers to within a touchdown, 21-14, but St. Mary’s responded with a 14-play, 7-minute drive. Wright Wilson, Detroit Free Press, 11 Sep. 2021 Cam O’Brien the lone touchdown, a 9-yard scamper with 4:01 remaining in the second quarter. Matt Doherty,, 1 Dec. 2021 Rashan Gary forced a Stafford fumble, too, recovered by Preston Smith, which led to the game’s first TD, a 1-yard scamper around right end by Rodgers. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2021 Before Whack’s game-changing scamper, the Rams had all of the momentum despite their offense failing to move the chains. Travis David,, 20 Nov. 2021 His best run came on a 12-yard first down scamper in the first quarter. Shawn Mcfarland,, 11 Sep. 2021 Five plays later, including a 26-yard run by Luke Sevier, Hunter Ledesma’s 12-yard scamper put the Sundevils ahead for good. Terry Monahan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2021 Behind Travis, Florida State answered with a 71-yard drive highlighted by the QB’s 34-yard run and capped by a 19-yard scamper by Treshaun Ward to cut the deficit to 24-14. Edgar Thompson,, 27 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Scamper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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