scat

1
[ skat ]
/ skæt /

verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting. Informal.

to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).

Nearby words

  1. scarry,
  2. scarsdale,
  3. scart,
  4. scarves,
  5. scary,
  6. scat singing,
  7. scat-,
  8. scatback,
  9. scatemia,
  10. scathe

Origin of scat

1
An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; of uncertain origin

scat

2
[ skat ]
/ skæt /
Jazz.

verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting.

to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.

noun

Origin of scat

2
First recorded in 1925–30; of uncertain origin

scat

3
[ skat ]
/ skæt /

noun

the excrement of an animal.

Origin of scat

3
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

scat

4
[ skat ]
/ skæt /

noun Slang.

Origin of scat

4
First recorded in 1945–50; of uncertain origin; compare earlier scat (slang) whiskey

scat

5

or scatt

[ skat ]
/ skæt /

noun

(in the Shetland and Orkney Islands) a crown tax, as for use of common lands.

Origin of scat

5
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse skattr tax, treasure

scat-

variant of scato- before a vowel.
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British Dictionary definitions for scat

scat

1
/ (skæt) /

verb scats, scatting or scatted

(intr; usually imperative) informal to go away in haste

Word Origin for scat

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

noun

a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words

verb scats, scatting or scatted

(intr) to sing jazz in this way

Word Origin for scat

C20: perhaps imitative

noun

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

Word Origin for scat

C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-

noun

an animal dropping

Word Origin for scat

C20: see scato-

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