Definition of scarper in English:


Syllabification: scarp·er
Pronunciation: /ˈskärpər


[no object] British informal
  • Run away: they left the stuff where it was and scarpered
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    • When the baby did arrive, the father scarpered for good.
    • By grief he does not mean what grief father caused him by scarpering, but the grief Davis might cause turning up.
    • When he warned her that he had called the police she soon scarpered.


mid 19th century: probably from Italian scappare 'to escape', influenced by rhyming slang Scapa Flow 'go'.

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