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scat1

[skat]
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verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting. Informal.
  1. to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).

Origin of scat1

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; of uncertain origin

scat2

[skat]Jazz.
verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting.
  1. to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.
noun
  1. scat singing.

Origin of scat2

First recorded in 1925–30; of uncertain origin

scat3

[skat]
noun
  1. the excrement of an animal.

Origin of scat3

1925–30; origin uncertain; compare British dial. (SW) scat to scatter, fling down, bespatter; Greek skat- (stem of skôr dung; see scato-) is unlikely source, given popular character of the word and unmotivated derivation pattern

scat4

[skat]
noun Slang.
  1. heroin.

Origin of scat4

First recorded in 1945–50; of uncertain origin; compare earlier scat (slang) whiskey

scat5

or scatt

[skat]
noun
  1. (in the Shetland and Orkney Islands) a crown tax, as for use of common lands.

Origin of scat5

1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse skattr tax, treasure

scat-

  1. variant of scato- before a vowel.
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Examples from the Web for scat

Historical Examples

  • He understood my motion, and doubtless would if I had said "Scat!"

    Little Brothers of the Air

    Olive Thorne Miller

  • I want to stand off and wave my hat at it and say, 'Scat, you brute!'

    The Lost Valley

    J. M. Walsh

  • The poor man, in an access both of alarm and courage, whirled the bar about his head and shouted "Scat!"

  • Some people make so much of me before my mistress, but behind her back say, "Scat, you old cat!"

    Daisy

    Miranda Eliot Swan

  • He was all sincerity; Ignacio Chavez would no sooner think of being rude to a beautiful young woman than of crying "Scat!"

    The Bells of San Juan

    Jackson Gregory


British Dictionary definitions for scat

scat1

verb scats, scatting or scatted
  1. (intr; usually imperative) informal to go away in haste

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from a hiss + the word cat, used to frighten away cats

scat2

noun
  1. a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
verb scats, scatting or scatted
  1. (intr) to sing jazz in this way

Word Origin

C20: perhaps imitative

scat3

noun
  1. any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration

Word Origin

C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-

scat4

noun
  1. an animal dropping

Word Origin

C20: see scato-
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Word Origin and History for scat

interj.

"go away!" 1838, from expression quicker than s'cat "in a great hurry," probably representing a hiss followed by the word cat.

n.1

"nonsense patter sung to jazz," 1926, probably of imitative origin, from one of the syllables used. As a verb, 1935, from the noun. Related: Scatting.

n.2

"filth, dung," 1950, from Greek stem skat- "dung" (see scatology).

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