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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
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British Dictionary definitions for scatting

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 scatting

scat

interj.

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

scat

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.

scat

n.2

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

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