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[skat-ee] /ˈskæt i/
adjective, scattier, scattiest. British Informal.
Origin of scatty
1910-15; apparently scatt(erbrain) + -y1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • "Don't let it bother you, scatty," returned the impudent Sally.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
British Dictionary definitions for scatty


adjective (Brit, informal) -tier, -tiest
empty-headed, frivolous, or thoughtless
distracted (esp in drive someone scatty)
Derived Forms
scattily, adverb
scattiness, noun
Word Origin
C20: from scatterbrained
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Irrational; crazy; goofy, scatterbrained: the ferociously ambitious, slightly scatty Louise Bryant

[1911+ British; probably fr scatterbrained; said to be a Cockney use]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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