Word of the Day
no object, with adverbial of direction
(especially of a small animal or child) run with quick light steps, especially through fear or excitement.
An act of scampering.
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘run away’): probably from scamp.
It is little stretch to see that, for the purposes of evasion, a stride might not succeed so well as a scamper. Success is, however, in the actual escape.