Scarper vs Scamper - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between scarper and scamper
is that scarper
is (british|slang) to run away; to flee; to escape while scamper
is to run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner.
As a noun scamper is
a quick, light run.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(British, slang) To run away; to flee; to escape.
* 1904 , John Coleman, Fifty years of an actors? life , Volume 1,
* 2001 , Ardal O'Hanlon, Knick Knack Paddy Whack ,
- Out went the lights, as he continued, "That sneak Whiskers have just blown the gaff to old Slow-Coach, and he'll be here in two two's to give you beans — so scarper', laddies — ' scarper ! "
* 2007 , , [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,2132043,00.html]
- The tramps scarpered', the street-traders pushing prams '''scarpered''', half of Dublin ' scarpered as if they all had something to hide.
- Helm writes: 'As if she were some street criminal, ready to scarper , Ruth's home was swooped upon by [Assistant Commissioner John] Yates's men and she was forced to dress in the presence of a female police officer.
To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner.
* 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 1
- The dog scampered after the squirrel.
- The younger and lighter members of his tribe scampered to the higher branches of the great trees to escape his wrath; risking their lives upon branches that scarce supported their weight rather than face old Kerchak in one of his fits of uncontrolled anger.
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