scat

1
[ skat ]
/ skæt /

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

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

Origin of scat

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

Definition for scat (2 of 6)

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

Definition for scat (3 of 6)

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

Definition for scat (4 of 6)

scat

4
[ skat ]
/ skæt /

noun Slang.


Origin of scat

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

Definition for scat (5 of 6)

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

Definition for scat (6 of 6)

scat-

variant of scato- before a vowel.

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British Dictionary definitions for scat (1 of 4)

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

British Dictionary definitions for scat (2 of 4)

scat

2
/ (skæt) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for scat (3 of 4)

scat

3
/ (skæt) /

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-

British Dictionary definitions for scat (4 of 4)

scat

4
/ (skæt) /

noun

an animal dropping

Word Origin for scat

C20: see scato-
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