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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).
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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.
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noun
  1. scat singing.
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Origin of scat2

First recorded in 1925–30; of uncertain origin

scat3

[skat]
noun
  1. the excrement of an animal.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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verb scats, scatting or scatted
  1. (intr) to sing jazz in this way
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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
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Word Origin

C20: shortened from Scatophagus; see scato-

scat4

noun
  1. an animal dropping
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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.

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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.

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n.2

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

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