from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To run or go quickly and lightly: children scampering off to play.
- n. A quick light run or movement.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A quick, light run.
- v. To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To run with speed; to run or move in a quick, hurried manner; to hasten away.
- n. A scampering; a hasty flight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who scamps work.
- To run with speed; hasten away.
- n. A hasty run or flight.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. rushing about hastily in an undignified way
- v. to move about or proceed hurriedly
Probably from Flemish schampeeren, frequentative of obsolete Dutch schampen, to run away, decamp, from Middle Dutch ontscampen, from Old French escamper, from Old Italian scampare, from Vulgar Latin *excampāre, from Latin ex campō, out of the field : ex, away; see ex- + campō, ablative of campus, field.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1687. Origin uncertain, but possibly from Dutch schamperen, from Old French escamper, from Italian scampare ("to run away"). (Wiktionary)