noun, plural scam·pi. Italian Cookery.
- a large shrimp or prawn.
- a dish of shrimp or prawns grilled or sautéed in oil or butter and garlic.
- (usually functioning as singular) large prawns, usually eaten fried in breadcrumbs
n.1930, plural of Italian scampo “prawn,” ultimately from Greek kampe “a bending, a winding,” from PIE root *kamp- “to bend” (see campus).