Definition of scampi in US English:

scampi

noun

  • 1treated as singular or plural Large shrimp or prawns, especially when prepared or cooked.

    ‘peel the scampi’
    • ‘The reasonably-priced menu serves everything you would expect - jackets, scampi and chips, burgers, baguettes and so on - but nothing you wouldn't.’
    • ‘And it is this strength that Manhattan has drawn on, offering burgers, steak baguettes, scampi, ribs and a handful of other meat-lead meals.’
    • ‘She made little bread balls with chopped scampi, parsley, lemon, garlic, pepper, breadcrumbs and beaten egg white and threw them in, too.’
    • ‘In fact, 20-30 years ago unscrupulous restaurateurs in Spanish resorts would pass it off as lobster or scampi to unsuspecting tourists.’
    • ‘Just to increase the novelty, every dish on the bistro menu can be adapted and served in the adjacent takeaway - steak, scampi, lobster and so on.’
    • ‘There was steak or scampi or half a chicken, and sweet white wine for my grandmother.’
    • ‘There wasn't a fish shop for miles, although the local supermarket was full of breaded plaice and battered scampi.’
    • ‘Deep-fried fillet of cod, or the scampi and chips will definitely fill a hole and, in thoroughly modern fashion, you can also get baked fish, or even healthier low-carb dishes.’
    • ‘The scampi served was wholetail scampi, which is large and succulent.’
    • ‘When Stéphan (one door to the right) prepares scampi in coconut milk, he will prepare a plate for you and hand it over through your respective kitchen windows, a.k.a. the service hatch.’
    • ‘Vicky went for scampi cooked in a golden cream sauce and was pleased with the nicely tender prawns.’
    • ‘Italians differentiate between scampi, which are shorter and the longer scamponi.’
    • ‘For £5.50 there was a choice of cod or haddock, with scampi £1 extra.’
    • ‘You will pay £8.75 (at the time of writing) but scampi is on the menu for £6.95.’
    • ‘Others, who knew better, had brought along steaks and scampi, served with chilled champagne and other assorted luxuries.’
    • ‘There's plenty of good stodge on the menu, including favourites such as scampi, macaroni cheese, sausages, lasagne, steak and hand-cut chips.’
    • ‘This reflects the fact that Italians in the Adriatic had for long appreciated it, and had many recipes for scampi cooked in this or that way, which became familiar to tourists.’
    • ‘They make delicious scampi, but it's a shame it's not illegal - everything tastes better when it's illegal.’
    • ‘Twelve ounce steaks are available, as are moussaka, deep fried scampi and gammon steaks, as well as a choice of reasonably-priced burgers and kebabs.’
    • ‘Traditional pub favourites dominate the menu, including steak, scampi and lasagne, with a two meals for £5.99 offer.’
    1. 1.1 A dish of shrimp or prawns, typically sautéed in garlic and butter and often topped with bread crumbs.
      • ‘Does the shrimp scampi sound like a good appetizer?’
      • ‘She ordered the shrimp scampi and a side salad, while I ordered a fruit plate.’
      • ‘There are new items like shrimp scampi and moussaka, veal marsala and chicken spinacoli.’
      • ‘Shrimp scampi has been made with wine for years, for example, but now test menus offer ‘shrimp scampi made with Chardonnay.’’
      • ‘I pretended to not hear his questions as I ate my Caesar salad and shrimp scampi.’
      • ‘He himself had been wondering what was going on between Ms. Spectra and his manager and hadn't he had other items in his schedule he would have loved to gab about Faith and Ms. Spectra over some fresh shrimp scampi.’
      • ‘Never get married in an un-airconditioned establishment that hands out promotional shrimp scampi at the door!’

Origin

Italian.

Pronunciation

scampi

/ˈskampē//ˈskæmpi/