scatt

[skat]

scat

5

or scatt

[skat]
noun
  1. (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
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Historical Examples of scatt

  • 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

scat

1
verb scats, scatting or scatted
  1. (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

scat

2
noun
  1. a type of jazz singing characterized by improvised vocal sounds instead of words
verb scats, scatting or scatted
  1. (intr) to sing jazz in this way

Word Origin for scat

C20: perhaps imitative

scat

3
noun
  1. 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-

scat

4
noun
  1. an animal dropping

Word Origin for scat

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.

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.

scat

n.2

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

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