scatt

[ skat ]
/ skæt /
|

noun


Nearby words

  1. scatological,
  2. scatology,
  3. scatoma,
  4. scatophagy,
  5. scatoscopy,
  6. scatter,
  7. scatter diagram,
  8. scatter pin,
  9. scatter rug,
  10. scatter shot

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

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Examples from the Web for 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
/ (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

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

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-

scat

4
/ (skæt) /

noun

an animal dropping

Word Origin for scat

C20: see scato-

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Word Origin and History for scatt
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