Definition of scarper in English:

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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'.

  • This is probably from Italian scappare ‘to escape’, influenced by the rhyming slang Scapa Flow ‘go’.

Words that rhyme with scarper

carper, harper, sharper

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Syllabification: scarp·er

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