AskDefine | Define scamper

Dictionary Definition

scamper n : rushing about hastily in an undignified way [syn: scramble, scurry] v : to move about or proceed hurriedly; "so terrified by the extraordinary ebbing of the sea that they scurried to higher ground" [syn: scurry, skitter, scuttle]

User Contributed Dictionary



First attested in 1687. Origin uncertain, but possibly from schampeeren < escamper < scampare "to run away"


  • italbrac RP /ˈskæmpə/
  • italbrac US /ˈskæmpɚ/
  • Rhymes with: -æmpə(r)


  1. A quick, light run.


  1. To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner.
    The dog scampered after the squirrel.



Extensive Definition

Scamper is an American, Boston-based power pop / rock band, formed in 2001 by upstate New York transplants and singer-songwriter-guitarists Keith Michel and Nate Rogers and filled out by drummer Mike Mirabella and bassist Brendan Boogie.
Scamper were finalists in the 2006 WBCN Rock & Roll Rumble and have supported such acts as Nada Surf, OK Go, The Click Five, Juliette Lewis, Kay Hanley (ex-Letters to Cleo), and We Are Scientists.
Scamper performed their final show on February 2, 2008, before going into an "indefinite hiatus"


Band members

Keith Michel: Vocals, Guitar
Nate Rogers: Vocals, Guitar
Brendan Boogie: Bass, Vocals
Mike Mirabella: Drums

Former band members

Marc Roderick: Bass (2001-04)


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bolt, bundle, burst, burst of speed, bustle, canter, career, chase, crowd, dart, dash, dash off, dash on, dead run, dig out, dogtrot, double-time, drive, festinate, flank speed, flat-out speed, flee, fling, flurry, flutter, fly, forced draft, full gallop, gallop, get going, get moving, hand gallop, haste, hasten, hasten off, headlong rush, heavy right foot, helter-skelter, hie, high lope, hump, hump it, hurry, hurry away, hurry on, hurry through, hurry up, hurry-scurry, hurtle, hustle, jog trot, leap, light out, lope, lose no time, make haste, make off, maximum speed, move quickly, nip, nip off, open throttle, plunge, post, press on, push on, race, run, rush, rush through, scamper off, scoot, scour, scramble, screw, scud, scurry, scuttle, shoot, skedaddle, skin out, skip, speed, sprint, spurt, step on it, tear, tear off, tear out, trot, whip off, whiz off, wide-open speed
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