verb[no object, with adverbial of direction]
- (Especially of a small animal or child) run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement: he scampered in like an overgrown puppyMore example sentences
- Sure, there were film songs sung with verve, dances and a skit, and games for children scampering around.
- A kestrel commanded the long valley views, rabbits scampered unconcerned.
- Children scampered off the yellow school bus and into the playground.
noun[in singular] Back to top
- An act of scampering: he heard the squeak and scamper of ratsMore example sentences
- The dim, yellow light each one was shedding cast shadows off the crates and barrels carelessly piled along the length of the alley, and occasionally a squeak and a scamper echoed throughout the area.
- I set out at a full-tilt scamper, leaping over the tops of pedestrians and passing cars in search of a victim for my rustling.
- Then, with a raspy scamper, a team of grey squirrels descended on our picnic table to clear crumbs faster than any vacuum cleaner.
late 17th century (in the sense 'run away'): probably from scamp2.