scar·​per ˈskär-pər How to pronounce scarper (audio)
scarpered; scarpering; scarpers

intransitive verb

: flee, run away
broadly : leave, depart

Example Sentences

I went looking for Sally at the pub, but she'd scarpered.
Recent Examples on the Web Idrissa Gueye has scarpered, but that void was instantly filled by Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin - while Moise Kean, goodness knows how, has signed from Juventus to sharpen things up front., 5 Aug. 2019 Ms Collett compares it to the muggy period before a thunderstorm, when the squirrels have scarpered and the air is pregnant with foreboding of trouble ahead. The Economist, 21 June 2018

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Word History


probably ultimately from Italian scappare, from Vulgar Latin *excappare — more at escape

First Known Use

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of scarper was circa 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Scarper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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