scam·​pi ˈskam-pē How to pronounce scampi (audio)
plural scampi
: a usually large shrimp
also : large shrimp prepared with a garlic-flavored sauce

Examples of scampi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Get The Recipe 03 Lemon-Pepper Shrimp Scampi Pasta Shrimp scampi is a classic pasta dish and for good reason, but our version, made with lemon pepper, is a fun twist on the original. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 5 Feb. 2024 Kenan is funny, blathering about Scooby-Doo instead of (the correct order) shrimp scampi. Andy Hoglund,, 28 Jan. 2024 The menu features signature Gauthier dishes: scampi in kadaïf, hare ravioli with truffles, and a tasting menu. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2023 Shrimp scampi's signature buttery, garlicky white wine sauce pairs perfectly with a pile of pasta. Tina Martinez, Good Housekeeping, 8 Aug. 2023 Shrimp scampi, taken literally, is slightly redundant. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 12 July 2023 New starters include head-on shrimp scampi, while seasonal small plates like heirloom tomatoes and stone fruit and fennel nod to the chefs’ partnerships with local producers and farmers. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 28 June 2023 Start your meal with the shrimp scampi appetizer and pair the Father’s Day special with an Italian Old Fashioned, Carrabba’s twist on an American classic with Maker’s Mark bourbon, Disaronno Amaretto, fresh orange juice and cherry. The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2023 Celebrate mom and treat her to a meal at Bonefish Grill with a surf ‘n turf special that includes scallops, shrimp scampi, and a filet. The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2023 See More

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Word History


Italian, plural of scampo, a European lobster

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scampi was in 1925

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“Scampi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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