Scarper vs Scamper - What's the difference?

scarper | scamper |


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.

scarper

English

Verb

(en verb)
  • (British, slang) To run away; to flee; to escape.
  • * 1904 , John Coleman, Fifty years of an actors? life , Volume 1, page 54,
  • 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 ! "
  • * 2001 , Ardal O'Hanlon, Knick Knack Paddy Whack , page 7,
  • The tramps scarpered', the street-traders pushing prams '''scarpered''', half of Dublin ' scarpered as if they all had something to hide.
  • * 2007 , , [http://observer.guardian.co.uk/politics/story/0,,2132043,00.html]
  • 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.

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    scamper

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A quick, light run.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To run quickly and lightly, especially in a playful manner or in an undignified manner.
  • The dog scampered after the squirrel.
  • * 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 1
  • 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.

    Synonyms

    * scurry * See also