- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈskæmpə/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈskæmpɚ/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -æmpə(r)
scamper (plural scampers)
- A quick, light run.
- (intransitive) To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner.
- The dog scampered after the squirrel.
2017 June 3, Daniel Taylor, “Real Madrid win Champions League as Cristiano Ronaldo double defeats Juv”, in The Guardian (London):
- Three minutes later, Luka Modric scampered down the right, clipped a cross to the near post and Ronaldo’s clipped finish gave the remainder of the match an air of inevitability.
- 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 1
- The younger and lighter members of his tribe scampered to the higher branches of the great trees to escape his wrath; risking their lives upon branches that scarce supported their weight rather than face old Kerchak in one of his fits of uncontrolled anger.
To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner