Definition of scamper verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scamper

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈskæmpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæmpər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scamper
BrE BrE//ˈskæmpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæmpər//
 
he / she / it scampers
BrE BrE//ˈskæmpəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæmpərz//
 
past simple scampered
BrE BrE//ˈskæmpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæmpərd//
 
past participle scampered
BrE BrE//ˈskæmpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæmpərd//
 
-ing form scampering
BrE BrE//ˈskæmpərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskæmpərɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] + adv./prep. (especially of children or small animals) to move quickly with short light steps Word Origin late 17th cent. (in the sense ‘run away’): probably from scamp ‘do something inadequately’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: scamper