\ ˈskāp How to pronounce scape (audio) \
scaped; scaping

Definition of scape

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: escape some innocents scape not the thunderbolt— William Shakespeare


noun (1)

Definition of scape (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a peduncle arising at or beneath the surface of the ground in an acaulescent plant (such as the tulip) broadly : a flower stalk
2 : the shaft of an animal part (such as an antenna or feather)


noun (2)

Definition of scape (Entry 3 of 3)

: a view or picture of a scene usually used in combinationcityscape

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Examples of scape in a Sentence

Verb the queen has vowed that none of the traitors shall scape the gallows, be their station ever so high

First Known Use of scape


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scape


Middle English, short for escapen

Noun (1)

Latin scapus shaft, stalk — more at shaft

Noun (2)


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The first known use of scape was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Scape.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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to insert between existing elements

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