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: 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 Lake Mary’s defense also got in on the scoring when Stone Boss picked off an errant pass at the Lake Brantley 11-yard line and scampered in untouched for a 27-0 lead with 1:09 left in the first half. Jeff Gardenour,, "Lake Mary rolls past Lake Brantley," 14 Sep. 2019 Facing third and long in the final five minutes, Adams faked the option and scampered 41 yards up the middle for the touchdown and the Chargers went ahead 28-21 on the extra point, eventually earning their fourth-straight when in the series. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Quarterback Aeron Adams rallies Bullitt East football past North Bullitt," 6 Sep. 2019 After the opening-kick return that put the Bulldogs on the Morehouse 40-yard line, Glass froze the defense with a fake run up the middle and threw to Moore, who scampered all the way to the end zone. Marc Bona,, "Alabama A&M edges Morehouse College, 35-30, in 1st Classic," 1 Sep. 2019 Sporadic protests continue to erupt — some big, involving thousands, and others consisting of a few young men, scarves over their faces, hurling rocks at security officers and scampering away. New York Times, "Teenager Dies in Kashmir Amid Protests After Autonomy Was Revoked," 23 Aug. 2019 This is something that exists at the very end of a very long hike, which my husband scampers up and across as though dancing across water. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Going on a hike? A short glossary to get you from here to there," 19 June 2019 McKennie created one of the initial shots with a perfectly weighted through ball to Jordan Morris, and Pulisic created the other by scampering past Jamaican defenders and cutting a pass back to Paul Arriola. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "For the U.S. Men’s Soccer Team, Hopes Rise but Mexico Awaits," 6 July 2019 Elephants amble through town and monkeys scamper over the polished marble of Hindu and Jain temples. National Geographic, "India High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Sidney also scored on a 24-yard run to up the lead to 42-0, returning for a third touchdown in the third quarter, scampering from 54 yards out, raising the lead to 52-0. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Sam Rayburn opens 22-6A action with 66-0 loss to Humble," 13 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But Fowler responded with a 52-yard scamper that set up a Purter touchdown., "Fowler transitioned from wide receiver to quarterback in the offseason and showed off his electrifying playmaking ability with swift runs and downfield passes.," 14 Sep. 2019 Fields, a South Carolina commit who excels in football and baseball, set up his third-quarter TD with a 32-yard scamper. Lynn Ramsey,, "Dr. Phillips uses tough 'D' to edge West Orange," 9 Sep. 2019 Senior Victor Ford ran 35 times for 218 yards and Shaker's lone touchdown, a sideline-to-sideline scamper of 11 yards in the fourth quarter. Matt Goul,, "No. 20 Cleveland Heights clobbers rival Shaker Heights, 50-6," 14 Sep. 2019 Chase Laubach had two touchdown runs and Isaiah McElvane added a 61-yard TD scamper for the visitors. Mitch Stephens,, "St. Ignatius rebounds from loss to beat team from Washington state," 14 Sep. 2019 The Rockville native ran for 58 yards on 13 carries (4.5 yards per attempt) and broke off a 20-yard scamper for his longest of the day. Pat Stoetzer,, "McDaniel Notebook: Stefanelli has solid return for Green Terror football," 9 Sep. 2019 Northside matched Limbrick’s second score with Jaylon Travis 1-yard touchdown scamper. Robert Harris, Houston Chronicle, "Northside bests Kashmere in season opener," 30 Aug. 2019 The Florence offense responded to the momentum shift by driving 75 yards in eight plays, capped off by Beckwith’s 18-yard scamper that extended the lead to 35-17. Reports, al, "Dee Beckwith scores 4 TDs as Florence runs past Bob Jones," 14 Sep. 2019 The lead was 24-14 on Lee’s 9-yard scamper early in the fourth quarter after an interception by Liberty lineman Damian Taylor. Matt Schwab, The Mercury News, "No. 2 Liberty survives No. 5 Monte Vista scare to stay unbeaten," 13 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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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of scamper was in 1685

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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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