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scatt

[skat]
noun
  1. scat5.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • But now and then he waxed moody, and growled in his thick beard, "Scatt, forsooth!"

    King Olaf's Kinsman

    Charles Whistler


British Dictionary definitions for scatt

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 scatt

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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scat

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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scat

n.2

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

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