- to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).
Origin of scat1
- to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.
Origin of scat2
- (intr; usually imperative) informal to go away in haste
- a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
- (intr) to sing jazz in this way
- any marine and freshwater percoid fish of the Asian family Scatophagidae, esp Scatophagus argus, which has a beautiful coloration
- an animal dropping
Word Origin and History for scatting
"go away!" 1838, from expression quicker than s'cat "in a great hurry," probably representing a hiss followed by the word cat.
"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.
"filth, dung," 1950, from Greek stem skat- "dung" (see scatology).