scarper

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

Definition of scarper

intransitive verb

British
: flee, run away broadly : leave, depart

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Examples of scarper in a Sentence

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. SI.com, 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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First Known Use of scarper

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scarper

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

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The first known use of scarper was circa 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Scarper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scarper. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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