scop·​per·​il | \ ˈskäpərə̇l \
plural -s

Definition of scopperil

1 dialectal, chiefly England : a spinning top
2 dialectal, chiefly England : a restless active creature

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History and Etymology for scopperil

Middle English scoprelle, scoperelle, perhaps of Germanic origin; akin to Icelandic skopparakringla top (toy), skoppa to run, jump, spin, Old Swedish skuppa, skoppa to run, jump; perhaps akin to Old English scūfan, scēofan to shove

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“Scopperil.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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